A day after BS Yediyurappa quit as Karnataka Chief Minister on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka is holding its legislature party meeting on Tuesday evening in Bengaluru to elect its new chief minister and according to reports BJP leader Basavaraj Bomma has been picked as the new chief minister.
As per reports, the BJP's central leadership had sent senior leaders union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and G Kishan Reddy from the national capital to attend the meeting as central observers and earlier today reports mentioned that the party would be most likely announcing the name of the new chief minister after the meeting today.
Bommai is expected to take oath at around 3:20 pm on Wednesday.
Just like the outgoing Chief Minister, Bommai also hails from the politically influential Lingayat community. Notably, eight of the chief ministers belong to the Lingayat community.
The outgoing Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, held the post for 1,901 days spread across four different tenures and it should be mentioned here that of the 22 chief ministers appointed in Karnataka so far, only three were able to serve their full term.
Further, Basavaraj Bommai has also been a close confidant of BS Yediyurappa, while his father SR Bommai also served as Karnataka's chief minister.
Basavaraj Bommai joined the BJP in 2008. Previously, he held the portfolio of water resources, has been a three-time MLA from Shiggaon, and is also an engineer by profession