BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday expanded his ministry by inducting 17 ministers into his Cabinet.
The new Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here.
They include former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, two former deputy Chief Ministers -- K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, independent MLA H Nagesh and Laxman Sangappa Savadi, who is not a member of the Assembly or Council, and MLC Kota Srinivas Poojari.
Others sworn in were: Govind M Karajol, Ashwath Narayan C N, B Sreeramulu, S Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, J C Madhu Swamy, C C Patil, Prabhu Chauhan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb, who is the only woman Cabinet Minister.
This is the first Cabinet expansion after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29.
Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 Ministers, including the Chief Minister.
Having run the government with a "one-man cabinet" for over 20 days, the chief minister had on Saturday managed to get the nod from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20.
Earlier, the opposition Congress and the JD(S) had hit out at the BJP over the delay in cabinet expansion and had raised questions about government's existence.
Earlier, the Congress had claimed that Yediyurappa's one-man cabinet administration resembled the President's rule.
With inputs from PTI
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