CM Basavaraj Bommai
says in the model of development he envisages for the state, people should be partners and not just beneficiaries. In a wide-ranging interview, he dismisses suggestions that he is perceived as an outsider for lack of an RSS background, says his relationship with his predecessor and mentor Yediyurappa
, whom he referred to as “my leader”, remains deeply complementary and clarifies that his govt will go ahead with the anti-conversion bill, in effect in many states. It has been a long journey for you, from a job at Tata Motors to Karnataka CM. Did your selection as chief minister in July come as a surprise?
I never had any aspirations for power. I never aspired to become a minister. Even my name for the chief minister’s post was not there till the last minute. After much deliberation and considerations on the political situation prevailing at the time, the central leadership of the party decided on my name on…
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