Bommai’s elevation to the highest submit retains two key constituents for BJP — Lingayat group and Yediyurappa — comfortable. As a Lingayat himself, Bommai will be acceptable to the politically influential group and by selecting him, the BJP excessive command appears to have rewarded Yediyurappa for strolling graciously and promising to work for the social gathering.
The 61-year-old three-time MLA from Shiggaon in Haveri district in north Karnataka is the son of late former chief minister and ex-Union minister S R Bommai. It makes the Bommais the second father-son duo after H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy to turn into chief ministers within the state. Bommai Senior was the CM for 9 months in 1989.
An engineering graduate who began out by working for the Tatas in Pune, Bommai’s title was not distinguished amongst these thought to be within the reckoning for chief minister till Tuesday.
But Yediyurappa’s assist, in accordance to BJP insiders, tilted the stability in favour of Bommai. “It is a masterstroke by Yediyurappa and a putdown to his detractors who raised a banner of revolt towards him with a watch on the CM’s chair,” stated a BJP MLA. Bommai took the blessings of Yediyurappa by touching his toes instantly after his title was introduced.
The duo later referred to as on governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and staked declare to kind the federal government.
Originally from the Janata Parivar, Bommai’s choice for the coveted submit additionally marked a new starting in BJP because it got here towards a well-liked assumption that outsiders can not aspire for large posts within the social gathering or its governments. Bommai joined BJP simply earlier than the 2008 meeting elections. He served as water sources minister between 2008 and 2013 and residential minister from July 2019.
For the previous two years, Bommai was actually Yediyurappa’s trusted No. 2 with the latter relying on him for day-to-day administration. It is being stated that the BJP central management was impressed with Bommai’s administrative acumen. He additionally constructed bridges with the central management along with his fixed interplay with them and as Yediyurappa’s consultant for the final two years.
His efficiency on the GST council conferences additionally acquired a whole lot of appreciation by the excessive command, sources stated.
BJP has, in current days, leaned in direction of unconventional candidates for key positions from Karnataka, together with within the Rajya Sabha and the Union Cabinet. So, there was an expectation that it could spring a shock.
But Bommai’s selection indicated the social gathering’s keenness to defend the Lingayat vote base fairly than take pleasure in experiments, and in addition to hold Yediyurappa comfortable.
Bommai, belonging to the much less highly effective Sadar subsect of the Lingayats, is anticipated to hold the Lingayat vote base intact. “Though the group remains to be harm with the resignation of Yediyurappa, that is an acceptable and large choice.” stated H M Renuka Prasanna, secretary of the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha, welcoming the social gathering’s determination.
Bommai’s loyalists are hopeful that he would achieve acceptance as a result of the group within the second half of the Eighties supported his father, who misplaced energy in an unceremonious method when his authorities was dismissed. The S R Bommai case that the Supreme Court dominated in favour of the late chief is cited because the necessary case examine in Centre-state relationship.