Basavaraj Bommai

Basavaraj Bommai
Shri Basavaraj Bommai calling on the Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on July 30 2021.jpg
Basavaraj Bommai
23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka
Assumed office
28 July 2021
GovernorThawar Chand Gehlot
Preceded byB. S. Yeddyurappa
Cabinet Minister, Government of Karnataka
Minister of Home Affairs20 August 2019 - 26 July 2021
Minister of Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs21 January 2021 - 26 July 2021
Minister for Cooperation27 September 2019 - 6 February 2020
Minister of Water Resources7 June 2008 - 13 May 2013
Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
25 May 2008
Preceded bySindhura Rajashekhar
Member of Karnataka Legislative Council
In office
ConstituencyDharwad Local Authorities
Personal details
Born (1960-01-28) 28 January 1960 (age 61)
Hubli, Mysore State, India (present-day Karnataka)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2008–present)
Other political
ParentsS. R. Bommai
Alma materKLE Technological University

Basavaraj Somappa Bommai (born 28 January 1960) is an Indian politician and mechanical engineer who is the current and 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka. He is Member of Legislative Assembly in the legislature of Karnataka for Shiggaon, from where he has been elected three times since 2008. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Bommai is the son of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka and Union Minister of Human Resource Development S. R. Bommai, who is widely remembered as the champion for the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of India, S. R. Bommai v. Union of India.[1][2][3] Basavaraj Bommai and his father are only the second father and son duo after H. D. Devegowda and H. D. Kumaraswamy to become the Chief Ministers of Karnataka.[4]

A graduate in Mechanical engineering, Basavaraj started his political career with the Janata Dal. Between 1998 and 2008, he was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council. He served as Minister for Water Resources and Cooperation between 2008 and 2013. Bommai served as Minister of Home Affairs, Co-operation, Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature of Karnataka in the Fourth Yediyurappa ministry. He also served as Minister in charge of Haveri and Udupi districts. On 28 July 2021, he succeeded B. S. Yediyurappa as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.[5]

Personal life

Bommai was born on 28 January 1960 to former Chief Minister S. R. Bommai and Gangamma in Hubli, Mysore State (present-day Karnataka).[6] Bommai is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology (presently KLE Technological University), and started his career with Tata Motors in Pune. He is also an agriculturist and industrialist by profession. He is married to Chennamma and has two children.[7] He belongs to Sadar Lingayat community.[8]

Early political career

Member of

Bommai was elected as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council, twice (in 1998 and 2004) from Dharwad local authorities constituency.[9] He served as a political secretary to then Chief Minister J. H. Patel.[10] He left the Janata Dal (United) and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in February 2008.[11]

In the 2008 Karnataka state elections, he was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Shiggaon constituency in Haveri district. He was considered as a close aide of the then Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa.[12]

Cabinet minister of Karnataka

Karnataka Minister for Water Resources, Shri Basavaraj Bommai called on the Union Minister for Water Resources, Prof. Saifuddin Soz, in New Delhi on October 17, 2008

In February 2008, he left Janta Dal (United) and joined  Bharatiya Janata Party. The same year he was elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Shiggaon constituency. Between 2008 and 2013 Bommai served as Minister for Water Resources under Chief Ministers B. S. Yediyurappa, Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar.

Bommai is widely acclaimed for his contributions to irrigation schemes and deep knowledge regarding irrigation matters in Karnataka. He is also credited with implementing India's first 100% piped irrigation project at Shiggaon in Haveri district of Karnataka.[13][14]

In the Fourth Yediyurappa ministry he held key ministerial portfolios, serving as Minister of State for Home Affairs, Law and Parliamentary Affairs and as Minister for Cooperation. He also served as Minister in charge of Haveri and Udupi districts.

In December 2019, a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Mangalore turned into violence and riots when a mob of protesters attempted to lay siege to the Mangalore North police station and tried to attack cops. Section 144 was imposed by the Police department around the areas of the riots. Later two people were killed in Mangalore in police firing after protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act turned too violent.[15] The Home Minister Bommai set-up a team and ordered probe into this matter. Over 60 people were identified and detained by the cops after the December 19th violence. The Karnataka government also suspended mobile Internet services in Dakshina Kannada district in Mangaluru for few hours in the wake of violence.[16][17]

The 2020 Bangalore riots on the night of 11 August and the early hours of 12 August 2020, violent clashes took place in the Indian city of Bangalore, Karnataka. Provoked by an inflammatory Facebook post on Muhammad that was allegedly shared by the nephew of the Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, a state legislator of the Indian National Congress,[18] a group of Muslims arrived at his house in protest which later turned violent. The protest turned into a violent riot after the house of sitting MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy was set to fire. [19][20] Further the clashes between the police and the mobs started around the residence of the legislator and spread to the police stations of KG Halli and DJ Halli. The incident resulted in the imposition of a curfew in the affected areas. 3 people were killed after police opened fire on the crowds. 30–80 policemen and several journalists,[21] were injured by armed assailants. Murthy's property was torched during the period of violence. The following day, over 100 people were arrested by the police. Some of the crowds were also allegedly led by members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), and has led to the arrest of a few of its leaders.[22] The Home Minister Bommai ordered a detailed investigation and assured compensation for damaged property be forcibly provided by known participants in the riots, a policy proposed by Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh following anti-CAA protests there. [19]

During the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Karnataka, Bommai, as Home Minister, imposed strict lockdown regulations.[23] Bommai converted his residence at Shiggaon in Haveri district into a Covid Care Centre that could accommodate up to 50 patients, to reduce the burden on the Shiggaon taluk hospital. He also appointed doctors and medical staff to take care of the patients along with oxygen concentrators.[24][25]

Chief Minister of Karnataka

B. S. Yediyurappa resigned as Chief Minister on 26 July 2021, on the second anniversary of his term. Dharmendra Pradhan and G. Kishan Reddy were sent by the national leadership of the BJP to carry out the selection of the next chief minister. On 27 July 2021, Bommai was elected to the post.[26][27][28] He was sworn in the next day as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka, becoming the fourth chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state.[29] On his very first day as the Chief Minister, after the cabinet meet he announced scholarships for higher education to farmers' children. He also increased the pensions of widows, physically challenged and senior citizens of the state.[30][31]

See also


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  2. ^ "What is the S.R. Bommai case, and why is it quoted often?". The Hindu. 18 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Bommai verdict: A law for all time". Deccan Herald. August 2021.
  4. ^ "Basavaraj Bommai to be latest in father-son duo club to occupy CM's chair". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "BJP names Basavaraj Bommai as new chief minister of Karnataka". The Economic Times. 27 July 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Who is Basavaraj Bommai? Meet Karnataka's new Chief Minister who considers Yediyurappa his 'political guru'". The Financial Express. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
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  8. ^ "Basavaraj Bommai: BJP Goes for Janata Parivar Origin, Lingayat CM in Karnataka". The Quint. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  9. ^ Member's Profile
  10. ^ "Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Once Worked For Tatas: 5 Facts". Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Basavaraj Bommai joins BJP". The Hindu. 10 February 2008. Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  12. ^ Kumar, Hemanth (23 November 2010). "Friends help BS Yeddyurappa last another day in Karnataka". DNA India. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  13. ^ Kulkarni, Mahesh (10 November 2012). "Karnataka launches integrated micro irrigation in Haveri". Business Standard India. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  14. ^ Pattanashetti, Girish (8 November 2012). "25,000 acres of dryland in Haveri district to be irrigated". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  15. ^ Pinto, Nolan (19 December 2019). "Anti-CAA protests: 2 protesters killed in police firing in Mangaluru". India Today. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  16. ^ Vaktania, Saurabh (24 December 2019). "CAA protest: Was Mangaluru violence pre-planned? CCTV footage reveal how events unfolded on Dec 19 | Exclusive". India Today. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  17. ^ "CAA protest: Two killed in police firing in Mangaluru, Congress demands judicial probe". The Economic Times. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Bengaluru violence: Congress corporator's husband among 60 more arrested". The Indian Express. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  19. ^ a b "3 killed in southern India in clashes over Facebook post". AP NEWS. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  20. ^ Monnappa, Sachin Ravikumar, Chandini (12 August 2020). "Police patrol deserted Bengaluru streets after Facebook post sparks clashes". Reuters. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  21. ^ SAYEED, VIKHAR AHMED. "Three dead after protests over a social media post turn violent in Bengaluru". Frontline. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  22. ^ Aug 13, ByRajashekara SRajashekara S. / Updated; 2020; Ist, 06:00. "Bengaluru Violence: Three killed, 146 arrested, several vehicles torched after MLA's nephew posts a derogatory message". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 3 August 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ "Two-week lockdown across Karnataka". The Hindu. 26 April 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  24. ^ Writer, Staff (14 May 2021). "Karnataka home minister turns his residence into Covid Care Centre". mint. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  25. ^ "In a first, Karnataka home minister converts his Shiggaon residence into Covid care centre". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  26. ^ "Basavaraj Bommai will be the new Chief Minister of Karnataka". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 27 July 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 July 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  27. ^ "Basavaraj Bommai is Karnataka's new chief minister". India Today. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  28. ^ "Basavaraj Bommai replaces BS Yediyurappa as new Karnataka Chief Minister". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  29. ^ "Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as 23rd chief minister of Karnatak". Hindustan Times.
  30. ^ "K'taka CM Basavaraj Bommai announces scholarship programme for farmers' children". ANI News. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  31. ^ "New Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai announces Rs 1,000 crore scholarship for farmers' children". The Indian Express. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.

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