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Karnataka Bengaluru July 27, 28 Highlights: ‘Floods and Covid-19 are challenges that will be given priority’ says CM Bommai

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai Swearing-in Ceremony July 27, 28 Highlights: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai further said that his government will work as a team to uplift the poor, farmers and the health care system amid the pandemic.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 29, 2021 8:10:36 am
Basavaraj Bommai, KarnatakaBasavaraj Bommai takes oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka. (Twitter/@DarshanDevaiahB)

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai Swearing-in Ceremony July 27, 28 Highlights: Lingayat leader Basavaraj Somappa Bommai took oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday. In the ceremony at the Glass House of the Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath of office and secrecy.

Basavaraj Bommai later performed a puja at Vidhana Soudha before taking over the new Chief Minister’s office.

After being sworn in, Basavaraj Bommai said that floods and Covid-19 are challenges that will be given priority. He further said that his government will work as a team to uplift the poor, farmers and the health care system amid the pandemic. “I will keep up whatever faith and trust people of Karnataka have in me,” he added.

Ever since speculations regarding Yediyurappa’s started gaining ground, Bommai was always among the top contenders to replace him.  Bommai, who has no roots in the BJP’s ideology, is a politician with socialist moorings who followed in the footsteps of his father S R Bommai, a leader of the Janata Party, who was made the Chief Minister by Ramakrishna Hedge in 1988. According to BJP insiders, a key factor that has worked in favour of Bommai Jr is his accommodative nature — some call it “too acquiescing” — and a willingness to let bygones be bygones to achieve his goals. They describe the Chief Minister as a calm and astute politician who is willing to deliberate at great length to understand issues before taking decisions.

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Basavaraj Bommai sworn in as Chief Minister | Catch the latest news in Bengaluru and Karnataka as we bring you live updates on the political developments in the state. Also read Tamil Nadu Chennai news

14:49 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Hope Bommai will show courage to fight for Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

Congratulating Basavaraj Bommai for taking over as the new Chief Minister of the state, Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Wednesday said he was looking forward towards contributing constructively and was hoping for similar cooperation from the ruling BJP. 

The senior Congress leader added, "The BJP government has done injustice to Karnataka for the last 2 years. Yediyurappa never spoke against this injustice either due to his lust for power or lack of awareness or fear. I hope Bommai will show courage to fight for Karnataka."

14:13 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Karnataka CM announces new scholarhip scheme for farmers' children

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday announced a new scholarship plan for the children of farmers in the state. 'Rs 1,000 crore has been set aside for this,' he announced after attending the first cabinet meeting since he took over as CM this morning.

13:52 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Cabinet expansion to be discussed in Delhi: Bommai

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai Wednesday said the topic of expanding the state cabinet has not been discussed yet. "When I met central observers Dharmendra Pradhan, Kishan Reddy and general secretary Arun Singh, they said not to discuss it today and that we could see to it once they are back at Delhi," he said in response to queries raised by reporters in his first press meet as CM in Bengaluru.

13:25 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Will continue BSY's good work as a team: Bommai tells Modi

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai Wednesday promised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would continue the good work done by the previous Yediyurappa-led government.

Responding to PM Modi's tweet congratulating him, Bommai tweeted, "Thank you Prime Minister @narendramodi ji for your kind wishes. I will definitely continue the good work done by state govt under able leadership of @BSYBJP. We, as team will work for the development of the state and the nation under guidelines of all our senior leaders."

13:16 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Bommai's first press conference as Karnataka CM to begin soon

A known face to the media even during the tenure of former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa as the government's spokesperson after cabinet meetings, Basavaraj Bommai will now address the press as the CM for the first time. Bommai was Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Legislature, Home, and Law in the previous state cabinet. 

The press meet will begin soon at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

12:54 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Congress calls for PM Modi's reaction on 'dynasty politics'

Minutes after Basavaraj Bommai took oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Congress called out Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "being silent on BJP’s dynasty politics". 

In a tweet from its official account, the opposition party in the state wondered if the PM had forgotten his statements on “dynasty politics” as he picked “son of a former Chief Minister as the new Chief Minister”. The Karnataka unit of the Congress party was referring to Modi's statements made earlier calling for an "eradication of dynasty politics" in India. 

Basavaraj Bommai's father S R Bommai had been Karnataka CM for a period of over nine months between August 1988 and April 1989.

12:47 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Floods, Covid-19 among challenges, says new Karnataka CM

After being sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday, Basavaraj Bommai said that floods and Covid-19 are challenges that will be given priority.

“I would like to thank all the people of Karnataka and BJP leaders for giving me this opportunity to serve the state as Chief Minister. I am grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah,  BJP national president JP Nadda and our leader BS Yediyurappa for choosing me. My first priority work is for the ongoing flood and controlling the Covid-19 pandemic,” Bommai told reporters at Raj Bhavan.  

He further said that his government will work as a team to uplift the poor, farmers and the health care system amid pandemic. “I will keep up whatever faith and trust people of Karnataka have in me,” he added.

12:38 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Yediyurappa's contribution and hard work towards strengthening the BJP at the grassroots level is inspiring: Amit Shah
12:36 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Amit Shah wishes CM Bommai
12:15 (IST)28 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Basavaraj Bommai performs puja before taking over the CM's office

After being sworn-in as  new Chief minister of Karnataka on Wednesday, Basavaraj Bommai reached Vidhana Soudha and he took over the new CM office by performing a pooja.

12:08 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Watch | Bommai's name displayed outside CM's office at Vidhana Soudha

Basavaraj Bommai took oath as the new Karnataka Chief Minister on Wednesday. Soon after, his nameplate was seen outside the CM office in Vidhana Soudha. 

Bommai will perform pooja at his new office in few minutes.

11:48 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes new CM Bommai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated new Chief Minister of Karnataka  Basavaraj Bommai. 

“Congratulations to Shri @BSBommai Ji on taking oath as Karnataka’s CM. He brings with him rich legislative and administrative experience. I am confident he will build on the exceptional work done by our Government in the state. Best wishes for a fruitful tenure,” Modi tweeted.

Modi further said "No words will ever do justice to the monumental contribution of Shri @BSYBJP Ji towards our Party and for Karnataka’s growth. For decades, he toiled hard, travelled across all parts of Karnataka and struck a chord with people. He is admired for his commitment to social welfare."

11:38 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Karnataka: CM Bommai to meet PM Modi today

New Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this evening. Confirming the same, senior BJP MLA R Ashoka said a special flight has been arranged from Bengaluru to the national capital for Bommai scheduled for Tuesday evening, soon after the swearing-in ceremony that concluded in Karnataka Raj Bhavan.

11:28 (IST)28 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Basavaraj Bommai is sworn in as the state's 23rd Chief Minister
11:03 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Basavaraj Bommai sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka

Basavaraj Bommai took oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka.  Bommai was announced as the new Chief Minister of the state following a party meeting at a private hotel in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

In the ceremony at the Glass House of the Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath of office and secrecy.

10:36 (IST)28 Jul 2021
WATCH | BJP supporters gather outside Raj Bhavan ahead of Bommai's oath taking ceremony

BJP supporters gathered outside Raj Bhavan ahead of Basavaraj Bommai’s oath-taking ceremony. 

Early in the morning, Bommai visited a temple. He will take his oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka at 11 am. 

10:02 (IST)28 Jul 2021
WATCH | Security beefed up at Raj Bhavan ahead of ceremony

The security at Raj Bhavan has been beefed up ahead of Basavaraj Bommai’s oath-taking ceremony. 

The Bengaluru traffic police have advised people to avoid Raj Bhavan route at around 11 am as there might be traffic snarls at the time of the ceremony and finding alternative routes may be difficult.

09:38 (IST)28 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Bommai visits BJP state HQs

Karnataka CM designate Basavaraj Bommai Wednesday visited the BJP state headquarters in Bengaluru. At Jagannath Bhavan, he was welcomed by state party president Nalin Kumar Kateel after which Bommai offered a floral tribute to a portrait of Bharat Mata.

09:28 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Basavaraj Bommai offers prayers at temple ahead of oath taking ceremony

Basavaraj Bommai began the day by visiting Anjaneya Swamy temple. 

He offered prayers at the temple in Bengaluru. He will be sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday morning.

After visiting the temple, he headed to his residence in RT Nagar. He will reach Raj Bhavan along with other leaders to take oath at around 10.30 am. 

Basavaraj Bommai will take his oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka.

09:26 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: BMTC to operate prototypes of e-buses from next month

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is likely to operate prototypes of electric buses on the roads of the Karnataka capital from August. The Corporation had ordered buses before the second wave of Covid-19 after it picked NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd. as the operator to run 90 non-AC e-buses under the Bengaluru Smart City Project. 

"We are expecting to get four to five prototypes of the buses by at least the third week of August. Each bus will be nine metres long and will have 31 seats. Once approved, the operator will provide us with the rest in batches," the official said. 

The e-buses are procured to act as feeder services for Namma Metro, in a bid to link areas away from metro stations to them.

Basavaraj Bommai, who has no roots in the BJP’s ideology, is a politician with socialist moorings who followed in the footsteps of his father S R Bommai, a leader of the Janata Party, who was made the Chief Minister by Ramakrishna Hedge in 1988. That government was dismissed unceremoniously — leading to the famous S R Bommai vs Union of India case which laid down norms for ascertaining majority and curbed dismissals of state governments.

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Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa, referred to as BSY, might have taken oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka four times, the most by any politician ever in the history of the state. However, he has not been able to complete his term even once, which makes him most unfortunate at the helm of affairs in the state as well. Incidentally, 15 men have been picked to the top cabinet position in the state since it was renamed in 1973 from its former identification as the State of Mysore.

READ | Not just Yediyurappa, Karnataka chief ministers completing their tenures is a rarity

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