List of deputy chief ministers of Karnataka

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Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
Seal of Karnataka
C. N. Ashwath Narayan,
Govind Karjol and
Laxman Savadi

since 26 August 2019
AppointerGovernor on the advice of the Chief Minister
PrecursorG. Parameshwara
Inaugural holderS. M. Krishna
Formation19 November 1992

The Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka is a member of the Cabinet in the Government of Karnataka. Not technically a constitutional office,[1] it seldom carries any specific powers. A deputy Chief minister usually also holds a key cabinet portfolio such as home minister or finance minister. In the parliamentary system of government, According to the Constitution of India, the Governor is Karnataka's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with its Chief Minister;[2][3] the position of Deputy Chief Minister is used to bring political stability and strength within a coalition government or in times of Hung Parliament, when a proper chain of command is necessary[4]

The first Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka was S. M. Krishna,[5] in M. Veerappa Moily's cabinet in 1992. The office has since been only intermittently occupied. The former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is the Longest serving Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, who held the Post on Two Occasions. Once during the Chief Minister-ship of J. H. Patel and another time when Dharam Singh was the Chief Minister. R. Ashoka and Eshwarappa were Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, who took on the role when Jagadish Shettar was the Chief Minister.[6] When H. D. Kumaraswamy formed Government in 2018, G. Parameshwara was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister. After which when B.S. Yeddyurappa formed Government in 2019, three Deputy Chief Ministers were sworn-in, C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Govind Karjol and Laxman Savadi. For the first Karnataka witnessed 3 Deputy Chief Ministers in office at the same time.

Many times there arose a proposal to make this post permanent, but nothing happened.

So far, Karnataka has witnessed 11 Deputy Chief Ministers in 9 Terms; meanwhile, Siddaramaiah held the position twice.

List of Deputy Chief Ministers of Karnataka[edit]

Colour key for parties
Deputy Chief Minister
Portrait Term of office[7]
(tenure length)
Political party
Chief Minister
1 S. M. Krishna
(MLA for Maddur)
India-eam-krishna.jpg 19 November 1992 – 9 December 1994
(2 years, 20 days)
Ninth Assembly (1989–94)
(1989 election)
Indian National Congress M. Veerappa Moily
2 J. H. Patel
(MLA for Channagiri)
11 December 1994 – 31 May 1996
(1 year, 172 days)
Tenth Assembly (1994–99)
(1994 election)
Janata Dal H. D. Deve Gowda
3 Siddaramaiah[9]
(MLA for Chamundeshwari)
Siddaramaiah1.jpg 31 May 1996 – 7 October 1999
(3 years, 129 days)
J. H. Patel
(3) 28 May 2004 – 5 Aug 2005
(1 year, 69 days)
Twelfth Assembly (2004–07)
(2004 election)
Janata Dal (Secular) Dharam Singh
4 M. P. Prakash[10][11]
(MLA for Huvina Hadagali)
8 Aug 2005 – 28 January 2006
(173 days)
5 B. S. Yeddyurappa
(MLA for Shikaripura)
B. S. Yeddyurappa.jpg 3 February 2006 – 8 October 2007
(1 year, 253 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party H. D. Kumaraswamy
6 R. Ashoka
(MLA for Padmanabhanagar)
12 July 2012 – 12 May 2013
(304 days)
Thirteenth Assembly (2008–13)
(2008 election)
Bharatiya Janata Party Jagadish Shettar
6 K. S. Eshwarappa
(MLA for Shimoga Rural)
7 G. Parameshwara
(MLA for Koratagere)
Dr G Parameshwara.JPG 23 May 2018 – 23 July 2019
(1 year, 61 days)
Fifteenth Assembly (2018–23)
(2018 election)
Indian National Congress H. D. Kumaraswamy
8 C. N. Ashwath Narayan
(MLA for Malleshwaram)
Dr C N Ashwath Narayan.png 26 August 2019
(160 days)
Bharatiya Janata Party B. S. Yeddyurappa
8 Govind Karjol
(MLA for Mudhol)
8 Laxman Savadi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Of Deputy Chief Ministers and the Constitution". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Karunanidhi makes Stalin Deputy Chief Minister". The Hindu. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ Stalin appointed Tamil Nadu Deputy CM
  4. ^ "States of India since 1947". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ Detailed Profile: Shri S.M. Krishna
  6. ^ 2 Deputy CMs for Karnataka
  7. ^ Chief Ministers of Karnataka since 1947. Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Archived on 6 December 2016.
  8. ^ Assemblies from 1952. Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Archived on 6 December 2016.
  9. ^ Special Correspondent: Siddaramaiah, two others dropped., The Hindu, 6 August 2005.
  10. ^ Staff Reporter: State says Maharashtra's flood problems are of its own making., The Hindu, 9 August 2005.
  11. ^ M. Madan Mohan: Another honour for north Karnataka., The Hindu, 9 August 2005.