Jagadish Shettar

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Jagadish Shettar (Born 17 December 1955) is a Bharatiya Janata Party politician from Karnataka, India. Currently he is the minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in the Government of Karnataka and has been elected as the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka (on 3rd August 2011). Earlier, he was the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly and held the portfolio of Revenue and Sugar ministries in the HD Kumaraswamy Cabinet in Karnataka.

Early life

Shettar was born on 17 December 1955 in Kerur village of Badami Taluk in Bagalkot district, Karnataka. His father S S Shettar was elected five times to the Hubli Municipality and became the first Jana Sangh Mayor of the Municipality. His uncle Sadashiv Shettar was the first Jana Sangh leader in the South to get elected to the Karnataka assembly from Hubli City in 1967. Shettar holds BCom and LLB degrees and was practicing lawyer for 20 years at the Hubli Bar.


Shettar began his career with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and participated actively in all its activities before becoming an active member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. In 1990, he became the president of Hubli Rural Unit of the BJP and in 1994, the Dharwad District Unit President. In 1996, he became the BJP State Secretary and in 1999, the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly. He held the position for five years.

Shettar was the Leader of Opposition when SM Krishna was...
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