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I’m A Genuine BJP CM, Says Bommai!

Quite remarkable, actually, that such a clarification was needed. But then this is Karnataka, where most BJP worthies are from the Janata or Congress—as HDK was happy to point out.

I’m A Genuine BJP CM, Says Bommai!

When Basavaraj Bommai (in pic) took over as Karnataka chief minister in end-July, the ‘compliment’ that became news came from a predecessor—H.D. Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular). ­Kumaraswamy told reporters that ­Bommai was a friend and, to him, a CM from the Janata parivar.

Bommai’s political roots trace back to the Janata Party—his father, the late S.R. Bommai ,was Karnataka CM in 1988-89. Back in the mid-1990s, Basavaraj Bommai served as political secretary to another Janata Dal chief minister, J.H. Patel, while going on to become a member of the legislative council later that decade. Following the party’s split, Bommai was in the Janata Dal (United) till 2008 when he joined the BJP.

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