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.