R. Ashok

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Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Residence Bangalore

R. Ashok is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, India. He was formerly the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. He represents the Padmanabha Nagar constituency of Bangalore city in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He belongs to the dominant Vokkaliga community.[1]

Early political career[edit]

During Emergency (1975–77), he was arrested and was kept in prison with senior leaders like L.K. Advani at the Central Jail in Bangalore. 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. He was also associated with the youth wing of the party in during these days.

Positions held[edit]

As Minister of Health in the Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (Secular) (BJP-JD(S)) coalition government, Ashoka implemented novel schemes and also streamlined the administration of the entire 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 has been instrumental in modernizing the Transport department and also using innovative hi-tech methods to automate the working of the department.[4] Under his leadership, the transport department has come up with some advanced public transport vehicles and Issue of bus passes and concessions for the deserving candidates has been made easier.

Ashoka is regarded as one of the most influential leaders of the BJP in Bangalore city and has steered the party to victory in the 2010 BBMP elections.[5][6]

When Jagadish Shettar became Chief Minister in June 2012, Ashoka was appointed as one of the two Deputy chief ministers. He was serving as the Minister for Home and Transport in the Government of Karnataka.[7]


  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. ^ "Tight security arrangements made for bypoll". IBN Live. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "BJP will launch agitation against the Congress: Ashok". The Hindu. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cabinet Reshuffle: Ashoka gets Home, Palemar gets Muzrai". Daijiworld.