Bengaluru: A Lingayat leader from North Karnataka,  61-year old Basavaraj Bommai took oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday succeeding outgoing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. Son of former Chief Minister, late S R Bommai, he was Minister for Home Affairs, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature in Yediyurappa’s council of ministers which was dissolved on Monday. Bommai is a close confidant of Yediyurappa and according to party sources, there is a clear stamp of the veteran BJP leader in this succession plan.Also Read - Karnataka: Was Offered Money to Join BJP in 2019, Claims Former Minister Shrimant Patil

Before taking oath as the chief minister of the state Basavaraj Bommai also offered prayers at Bhagavan Sri Maruthi Temple in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning. Later in the day today, Bommai will chair a meeting of the Cabinet later today. He will also review COVID-19 and the flood situation in the state. “I will chair a meeting of the Cabinet later today. After that, I will hold a meeting with senior officers to review COVID-19 and the flood situation in the state,” said Bommai. Also Read - Bengaluru: Water Supply to be Affected In THESE Places on Sept 12,13 | Check List of Areas Here

A mechanical engineering graduate and former Janata Dal (United) leader Bommai was appointed Karnataka’s 23rd Chief Minister by the BJP high command on Tuesday, a day after caretaker Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tendered his resignation. Shortly after his election as Karnataka Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that he will strive to work for the welfare of the poor.”It is a big responsibility in the given situation. I will strive to work for the welfare of the poor. It will be pro-people and pro-poor people governance. We will take all measures to fight COVID-19 and floods in the state,” he said. Also Read - Third Wave of Corona Could Hit Karnataka Next Month, Says Technical Advisory Committee; Calls For Strict Enforcement of COVID Norms

Born on January 28, 1960, Bommai belongs to the Sadara Lingayat caste, same as his predecessor Yediyurappa. The Lingayats is the largest community of Karnataka comprising nearly 17 per cent of the population and can determine the outcome in 35 to 40 per cent Assembly seats. The community has long backed the ruling party.

Former Karnataka Home Minister Bommai is a senior BJP leader and has previously handled many portfolios including Irrigation, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature of Karnataka in the fourth Yediyurappa ministry. He has also served as Haveri and Udupi District Incharge Minister. He previously served as Minister for Water Resources and Cooperation between 2008 and 2013.

Many in the BJP believe the announcement of Bommai as his successor is a win for Yediyurappa. Bommai is also known to have good contact with the party high command in Delhi as well as leaders of different communities in the party. The three-time member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Shiggaon since 2008 was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council between 1998 and 2008.