R. Ashoka

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R. Ashoka
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
In office
13 July 2012 – 8 May 2013
Preceded by B. S. Yeddyurappa
Succeeded by vacant
Personal details
Born (1957-07-01) July 1, 1957 (age 60)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Residence Bengaluru

R. Ashoka is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka. He was one of the Deputy Chief ministers of the state in the BJP government headed by Jagadish Shettar from 2012 to 2013. Hailing from the dominant Vokkaliga community,[1] He represents the Padmanabhanagar constituency of Bangalore city in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.

Early political career[edit]

During Emergency (1975–77), he was arrested and detained in prison along with senior leaders like L.K. Advani at the Central Jail in Bengaluru. He was first elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in the 1997 by-Elections from Uttarahalli Constituency, which was the biggest state legislature constituency in India.[2] He was re-elected from the same constituency in 1999 and 2004 general election. During these days, he was also associated with the youth wing of the party.

Positions held[edit]

In 2008, he became the Minister of Health in the Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (Secular) (BJP-JD(S)) coalition government. As minister, he implemented novel schemes and also streamlined the administration of the department.[3] He undertook surprise visits to the hospitals to inspect and review their functioning. Also, he raided many private clinics in rural areas and tried to eliminate the menace of fake medical practitioners in the state.

As Minister of Transport in the Yeddyurappa Government from 2008 onwards, he was instrumental in modernizing the department and also using innovative hi-tech methods to automate the working of the department.[4] Under his leadership, the transport department also came up with some advanced public transport vehicles and the issue of bus passes and concessions for deserving candidates was made easier.

When Jagadish Shettar became Chief Minister in June 2012, Ashoka was appointed as one of the two Deputy chief ministers and entrusted with the ministries of Home and Transport in the Government of Karnataka.[5][6][7]

Ashoka is regarded as one of the most influential leaders of the BJP in Bangalore city and has steered the party to historic victories in the 2010 and 2015 BBMP elections.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "BJP seeks to beard Deve Gowda in Vokkaliga den". Daily News & Analysis. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "By election results". ECI. 
  3. ^ "State keen to maintain record, says Ashok". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ "KSRTC to add 3,000 new buses this year". The Hindu. 
  5. ^ "Jagdish Shettar will have 2 deputies as he takes oath as Karnataka CM today". India Today. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cabinet Reshuffle: Ashoka gets Home, Palemar gets Muzrai". Daijiworld. 
  7. ^ "THE RISE & RISE OF ASHOKA". The Times of India. 
  8. ^ "BJP WINS BANGALORE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME". DNA India. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "For BBMP Polls, BJP Puts R Ashok At Helm". The New Indian Express. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "BBMP results: BJP sweeps Bangalore civic body's poll". India Today. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
B. S. Yeddyurappa
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
13 July 2012 – 8 May 2013
Succeeded by
None (Post Vacant)