List of deputy chief ministers of Karnataka

The Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka is a member of the Cabinet in the Government of Karnataka. Not technically a constitutional office,[1] it seldom carries any specific powers. A deputy Chief minister usually also holds a key cabinet portfolio such as home minister or finance minister. In the parliamentary system of government, According to the Constitution of India, the Governor is Karnataka's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with its Chief Minister;[2][3] the position of Deputy Chief Minister is used to bring political stability and strength within a coalition government or in times of Hung Parliament, when a proper chain of command is necessary[4]

Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
Seal of Karnataka
since 26 July 2021
Precursor (26 August 2019-26 July 2021)
Inaugural holderS. M. Krishna
Formation19 November 1992 (30 years ago) (1992-11-19)

The first Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka was S. M. Krishna,[5] in M. Veerappa Moily's cabinet in 1992. The office has since been only intermittently occupied. The former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is the Longest serving Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, who held the Post on Two Occasions. Once during the Chief Minister-ship of J. H. Patel and another time when Dharam Singh was the Chief Minister. R. Ashoka and Eshwarappa were Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, who took on the role when Jagadish Shettar was the Chief Minister.[6] When H. D. Kumaraswamy formed Government in 2018, G. Parameshwara was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister. After which when B.S. Yeddyurappa formed Government in 2019, three Deputy Chief Ministers were sworn-in, C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Govind Karjol and Laxman Savadi. For the first Karnataka witnessed 3 Deputy Chief Ministers in office at the same time.

Many times there arose a proposal to make this post permanent, but nothing happened.

So far, Karnataka has witnessed 11 Deputy Chief Ministers in 9 Terms; meanwhile, Siddaramaiah held the position twice.

List of Deputy Chief Ministers of KarnatakaEdit

Colour key for parties
# Portrait Name Constituency Term of office Assembly
Chief Minister Party
1   S. M. Krishna Maddur 21 January 1993 9 December 1994 1 year, 322 days 9th
(1989 election)
M. Veerappa Moily Indian National Congress
2 J. H. Patel Channagiri 11 December 1994 31 May 1996 1 year, 172 days 10th
(1994 election)
H. D. Deve Gowda Janata Dal
3   Siddaramaiah Chamundeshwari 31 May 1996 22 July 1999[7] 3 years, 52 days J. H. Patel
Vacant (22 July 1999 – 28 May 2004)
(3)   Siddaramaiah Chamundeshwari 28 May 2004 5 August 2005 1 year, 69 days 12th
(2004 election)
Dharam Singh Janata Dal (Secular)
4   M. P. Prakash
Hoovina Hadagali 8 August 2005 28 January 2006 173 days
5   B. S. Yediyurappa Shikaripura 3 February 2006 8 October 2007 1 year, 253 days H. D. Kumaraswamy Bharatiya Janata Party
Vacant (9 October 2007 – 12 July 2012)
6   R. Ashoka Padmanabha Nagar 12 July 2012 12 May 2013 304 days 13th
(2008 election)
Jagadish Shettar Bharatiya Janata Party
6   K. S. Eshwarappa Shivamogga
Vacant (12 May 2013 – 23 May 2018)
7   G. Parameshwara Koratagere 23 May 2018 23 July 2019 1 year, 61 days 15th
(2018 election)
H. D. Kumaraswamy Indian National Congress
8   C. N. Ashwath Narayan Malleshwaram 26 August 2019 26 July 2021 1 year, 340 days B. S. Yediyurappa Bharatiya Janata Party
8   Govind Karjol Mudhol
8   Laxman Savadi MLC

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Of Deputy Chief Ministers and the Constitution". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Karunanidhi makes Stalin Deputy Chief Minister". The Hindu. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ Stalin appointed Tamil Nadu Deputy CM
  4. ^ "States of India since 1947". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ Detailed Profile: Shri S.M. Krishna
  6. ^ 2 Deputy CMs for Karnataka
  7. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: Karnataka CM sacks 8 ministers". Retrieved 9 December 2021.