Ex Karnataka Chief MinisterJagadish Shettar Joins Congress: 5 Points

Jagadish Shettar

New Delhi:
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar joined Congress today in the presence ofparty president Mallikarjun Kharge. The move comes after Mr Shettar quit the BJP after being denied a ticket for the upcoming state Assembly elections.

Here are 5 facts about Jagadish Shettar:

  1. A Lingayat face, Jagadish Shettar served as the 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka from July 2012 to May 2013.

  2. Mr Shettar was elected as the Karnataka Vidhan Sabha speaker after the BJP came to power on its own for the first time in the state in 2008. 

  3. Mr Shettar comes from a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background and started his political journey with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) before moving to the BJP.

  4. Mr Shettar had been associated with the BJP for over three decades He also served as the party’s Karnataka state president in 2005.

  5. A six-time MLA, Mr Shettar has been representing the Hubli-Dharwad Central constituency previously (Hubli Rural) since 1994.  He won by over 21,000 votes in the last Assembly elections in 2018, defeating his Congress rival Mahesh Nalwad.

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