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Who is Basavaraj Somappa Bommai?

Basavaraj Somappa Bommai

About Basavaraj Somappa Bommai

Who is Basavaraj Somappa Bommai?

Basavaraj Somappa Bommai, born on January 28, 1960, in Hubballi, is the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka. The 61-year-old Lingayat leader, from North Karnataka, succeeded B S Yediyurappa and took the oath as the Karnataka CM on July 27, 2021.
 
A graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Basavaraj Bommai is the son of the former chief minister, late Somappa Rayappa Bommai. He is considered one of the close aides of Yediyurappa.


Education of Basavaraj Bommai

Basavaraj Bommai finished his primary education from Rotary English Medium School at Deshpande Nagar in Hubballi district, later he joined P C Jabina Science College and completed his mechanical engineering from B V Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology.
 

Basavaraj Bommai's early career

In the 1980s, Basavaraj Bommai worked at Tata Motors (formerly known as TELCO) in Pune for three years. Later, he established his own industry and became an entrepreneur. Gradually, Bommai showed keen interest to join politics.
 

Basavaraj Bommai's political career

Bommai began his political career with the Janata Dal (United), later, he resigned from the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2008. He was the Minister for Home Affairs, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature in Yediyurappa's council of ministers, and also the Minister-in-charge of Udupi and Haveri districts.
 
Between 2008 and 2013, Bommai served as the Minister for Water Resources and Cooperation. He looked after several portfolios including Irrigation, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature of Karnataka in Yediyurappa's fourth council of ministers.
 
Since 2008, he has been a three-time Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Shiggaon, and a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council between 1998 and 2008.
 
He is well-known for fighting for the Cauvery issue and contributing to several irrigation schemes in the state. The Sadara Lingayat community leader is also widely acclaimed for implementing the country's first 100 per cent piped irrigation project at his constituency Shiggaon in Haveri district.
 
When it comes to hobbies, Bommai likes to read, write, and play golf and cricket. He has also served as the Chairman of the Karnataka State Cricket Association in Dharwad district and Karnataka Volleyball Association in Dharwad district.
 
The Karnataka CM is also the founder of Arunodaya Co-operative Society, a member of Jayanagar Housing Society and the German Chamber of Commerce.

Latest Updates on Basavaraj Somappa Bommai

Bommai criticises Karnataka state budget, warns of economic downturn

6 min read Last Updated :Feb 22 2024 | 9:44 AM IST
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K'taka new BJP chief Vijayendra says LoP to be decided after Delhi visit

2 min read Last Updated :Nov 13 2023 | 1:38 PM IST
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Sanatan Dharma in our veins, won't be silent if sentiments hurt: Bommai

2 min read Last Updated :Oct 08 2023 | 12:49 PM IST
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Siddaramaiah govt lacks will to protect water rights of Karnataka: Bommai

2 min read Last Updated :Oct 03 2023 | 7:12 AM IST
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Congress ministers fixing commission rates for department work: Bommai

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 20 2023 | 7:22 AM IST
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Changing laws is arrogance: Bommai calls Congress govt 'reverse gear govt'

2 min read Last Updated :May 25 2023 | 2:52 PM IST
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K'taka ministers to get portfolios soon, says Sidda; Bommai questions delay

3 min read Last Updated :May 24 2023 | 2:20 PM IST
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BJP to do detailed analysis to find out reasons for debacle in Karnataka

3 min read Last Updated :May 14 2023 | 3:01 PM IST
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Karnataka CM rejects exit poll results giving Congress edge over BJP

2 min read Last Updated :May 10 2023 | 10:54 PM IST
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Bommai appeals voters to contribute in 'writing future of Karnataka'

1 min read Last Updated :May 10 2023 | 11:40 AM IST
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Let BJP investigate: Priyank Kharge after Cong alleges plot to kill father

3 min read Last Updated :May 07 2023 | 5:20 PM IST
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Bommai junks pre-polls surveys giving Cong an edge; says BJP will win

4 min read Last Updated :May 05 2023 | 1:07 PM IST
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Congress under clutches of SDPI, PFI, can't come out of it: Karnataka CM

2 min read Last Updated :May 05 2023 | 8:52 AM IST
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BJP programs are part of Congress' manifesto: Karnataka CM Bommai

3 min read Last Updated :May 03 2023 | 10:22 AM IST
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Advantage for BJP if Rahul, Priyanka campaign in Karnataka: CM Bommai

2 min read Last Updated :Apr 27 2023 | 8:49 AM IST
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Wil not implement decision on scrapping 4% reservation for Muslims: Bommai

2 min read Last Updated :Apr 25 2023 | 5:53 PM IST
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No decision made on Lingayat CM: Bommai after Yediyurappa's key meet

2 min read Last Updated :Apr 20 2023 | 4:55 PM IST
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Siddaramaiah is scared, says K'taka CM Bommai on tacit understanding charge

2 min read Last Updated :Apr 20 2023 | 3:50 PM IST
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BJP sharpens attack on Cong in K'taka; CM says Lingayat voters 'vigilant'

4 min read Last Updated :Apr 19 2023 | 8:15 AM IST
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Surveys indicate BJP to be ahead on over 130 seats: Karnataka CM Bommai

2 min read Last Updated :Apr 16 2023 | 9:06 AM IST
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