In Karnataka's politics of identity, new CM Bommai has to strike balance

There is a land deal controversy to settle and river water disputes to negotiate but his first challenge will be forming a council of ministers that pleases everyone.

Basavaraj Bommai

Basavaraj Bommai during oath taking ceremony. Photo: ANI

Aditi Phadnis New Delhi
Basavaraj Bommai, Lingayat leader, Home Minister in the B S Yediyurappa (BSY) government and the son of a former chief minister and socialist leader, took oath as Karnataka’s new chief Minister on Wednesday.

There is no reason that any of the policies of the BSY government would be reversed as a result of the appointment, BJP supporters said. This means that the allocation of 3667 acres of land in Ballari to JSW Steel that is on hold, will likely continue to be on hold.

In May, the BSY cabinet withdrew its approval for the lease-cum-sale land deal with the company following a political tussle in which many in the BJP opposed the sale. The move to hold back on cabinet

First Published: Jul 28 2021 | 1:00 PM IST

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