Basavaraj Bommai: Cabinet to cadre, new Karnataka CM may face many challenges | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: CM-elect Basavaraj Bommai, 61, seems to have many challenges ahead of him at a time when assembly elections are less than 21 months away.
The question is how will Bommai, who has held several high-profile ministerial positions in the past, deal with political veterans in BJP, many of whom were in the race for the CM’s post? Will he be able to assert himself before them and get his vision for the party implemented?
Some political analysts say BJP seems to have played its biggest gamble ahead of the 2023 polls by picking Bommai as he belongs to the miniscule Sadar sub-sect of the Lingayat community. His challenge will be to emerge as the community leader and fill the shoes of Yediyurappa by ensuring good governance and taking party functionaries along.
There were three other contenders for the post — Arvind Bellad, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and Murugesh Nirani, all belonging to the Panchamasali sub-sect which is dominant among the Lingayat community, which forms 16-18% of the state’s population. However, Bommai was chosen as he’s comparatively experienced and a trusted lieutenant of Yediyurappa. He’s has been a minister in all BJP governments since 2006. “With two years left for the elections, he really has to perform. He will also have to deal with issues from the past. Creating rapport with senior party colleagues and cadre will be one of his biggest challenges,” said a senior party MLA.
Political observers say it will take him at least four to five months to get acquainted with the functioning of the government by expanding his cabinet and the secretariat, and the last four to five months will go in preparations before the 2023 assembly polls. “So he will be left with just about 10 months to offer governance,” he added.
His biggest challenge will be formation of the cabinet since reports are doing the rounds that several senior ministers like Jagadish Shettar and KS Eshwarappa who were part of Yediyurappa’s cabinet will be left out so that young and secondrung leaders get an opportunity. In such little time, he has a lot on his plate. Being from North Karnataka, he will be under pressure to look into demands of the region, where people have been crying foul over alleged disparity in allocation of funds.
It is to be seen if Bommai will be able to intervene and resolve the differences within the party. In the past few months, several MLAs had been baying for Yediyurappa’s blood.
“His other challenge will be to work in coordination with the senior leaders of BJP who were overlooked for the CM’s position,” said an MLA. This apart, he will also have to deal with issues ranging from the impending third wave of Covid-19 to floods and financial crisis. Bommai would also have to take on the opposition Congress and JD(S), who have been criticising the government over corruption and Covid mismanagement.
However, Bommai’s close confidants are confident he is capable of dealing with all this. “…This is a golden opportunity for him to leave a mark on the party and the public with his work. We are confident that being an intelligent leader, he will meet the challenges ahead of him in the poll year,” said a Bommai loyalist.
“I will work hard to offer relief to people in distress due to Covid and floods. I will win everyone’s trust with help of my cabinet colleagues and party workers,”Bommai said.

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