Bangalore, July 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Karnataka, hit by dissidence and corruption, Thursday scored another first with Jagadish Shettar becoming the party’s third chief minister in four years and the state getting two deputy chief ministers.
The deputy chief ministers are K.S. Eshwarappa, who is the state BJP chief, and R. Ashoka, who was home minister in the outgoing ministry headed by D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
Shettar and 30 members of his ministry, including the two deputy chief ministers, were administered the oath of office and secrecy at a simple ceremony by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj at the glass house in Raj Bhavan in the city centre.
Shettar succeeds Gowda, who quit Wednesday. Gowda became the chief minister August 4 last year after the BJP’s first chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was forced out of office over mining bribery charges.
Gowda fell victim to the dissidence that had hit the party almost from the beginning of its maiden rule in the state in May 2008.
After 56-year-old Shettar, Eshwarappa and Ashoka took oath separately. Other ministers were sworn-in in batches of six.
All 21 members of the Gowda ministry have been retained.
The ministers who took oath Thursday are: Govind Karjola, C.M. Udasi, Basavaraj Bommai, Vishwanath Hegde Kageri, S. Suresh Kumar, Umesh Katti, Murugesh Nirani, V. Somanna, Shobha Karandlaje, M.P. Renukacharya, C.P. Yogeshwar, B.N. Bachche Gowda, Revu Naik Belamagi, Balachandra Jarkiholi, Anand Asnotikar, S.A. Ramdas, A. Narayanswamy, S. Ravindra Nath, C.T. Ravi, D.N. Jeevraj, Raju Gowda, S.K. Bellubbi, S. Shivanna, Varthur Prakash, Arvind Limbavali, Anand Singh, B.J. Puttaswamy, Appachu Ranjan, Kalakappa Bandi, Sunil Vallyapur, and Kota Srinivas Pujari.
– Indo-Asian News Service