R. Ashoka is an Indian politician serving as the Minister of Revenue and the Minister of Municipal Administration in the Government of Karnataka. He has previously served as the 6th Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka.[1][2]He also served as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly (2013 -2018) and Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Transport under the BJP government. He also served as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare under the coalition government of BJP and JDS. He is a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Padmanabhanagar constituency.

R. Ashoka
Revenue Minister excluding Muzrai
Government of Karnataka
Assumed office
20 August 2019
Chief MinisterB. S. Yeddyurappa
Preceded byR. V. Deshpande
Minister of Municipal administration
Government of Karnataka
In office
27 September 2019 – 10 February 2020
Succeeded byNarayana Gowda
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly
In office
23 May 2013 – 29 May 2018
Preceded byR. V. Deshpande
Succeeded byGovind M. Karjol
6th Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
In office
12 July 2012 – 23 May 2013
Preceded byB. S. Yediyurappa, BJP
Succeeded byG. Parameshwara, INC
Minister of Home, Government of Karnataka
In office
12 May 2012 – 29 May 2013
Preceded byV. S. Acharya ,BJP
Succeeded byK. J. George, INC
Minister of Transport, Government of Karnataka
In office
24 May 2008 – 29 May 2013
Preceded byN. Chaluvaraya Swamy
Succeeded byRamalinga Reddy, INC
Minister of Food &Civil supplies Health and Family Welfare
Government of Karnataka
In office
12 February 2006 – 8 October 2007
Preceded byN. Chaluvaraya Swamy
District in charge of Bangalore City and Mandya, Government of Karnataka
In office
May 2010 – May 2013
Succeeded byU. T. Khader
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for Uttarahalli
In office
22 June 1997 – 22 May 2008
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for Padmanabhanagar
Assumed office
23 May 2008
Personal details
Born (1957-07-01) 1 July 1957 (age 62)
Jalahalli, Mysore State, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Pramilarani (m. 1987)
EducationBachelor of science

Early life and educationEdit

R. Ashoka was born on 1 July 1957 to a farmer family in Jalahalli, Bangalore district, Mysore State (present-day Karnataka). He is the last of the three children born to K. Ramaiah and Anjinamma. Ashoka's family belongs to the dominant Vokkaliga community, which is categorised as an Other Backward Class by the Indian government. Ashoka's father Ramaiah lost a major portion of his 45 acres of agricultural land to public sector Hindustan Machine Tools. In compensation, the company hired his father. This made Ashok focus on studies. After finishing his primary education at a government school in Jalahalli and high school from HMT School, he chose to study Science in PUC at V V Puram College and went on to complete BSc. He being a Kabbadi player in his university days, has represented Bangalore twice.

Early political careerEdit

During Emergency (1975–77), he was arrested and detained in prison along with veteran leaders like L.K. Advani at the Central Jail in Bengaluru. He was first elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in the 1997 by-Elections from Uttarahalli, which was the biggest state legislature constituency in India before delimitation. He was re-elected from the same constituency in 1999 and 2004 Assembly elections with impressive margins. In 2004 elections, he won by a margin of 84,001 votes which is the highest in any Karnataka Assembly election.[3]

Positions heldEdit

In 2008, he became the Minister of Health and family welfare in the Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (Secular) (BJP-JD(S)) coalition government. As minister, he implemented novel schemes and also streamlined the administration of the department.[4] 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 was instrumental in modernizing the department and also using innovative hi-tech methods to automate the working of the department.[5]

When Jagadish Shettar became Chief Minister in June 2012, Ashoka was appointed as one of the two Deputy chief ministers and entrusted with the ministries of Home and Transport in the Government of Karnataka.[6][7][8]

Ashoka is regarded as one of the most influential leaders of the BJP in Bangalore city and has steered the party to historic victories in the 2010 and 2015 BBMP elections.[9][10][11]

On 26 August 2019, Ashoka was appointed as the Revenue Minister in Karnataka government excluding Muzrai.[12][13]


  1. ^ "2 Deputy CMs for Karnataka". The Hindu. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2020 – via www.thehindu.com.
  2. ^ Balasubramanyam, K. R. (2 May 2018). "This former dy CM is a step closer to the top job". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Karnataka Elections 2018: Election Trivia". News18. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ "State keen to maintain record, says Ashok". The Hindu.
  5. ^ "KSRTC to add 3,000 new buses this year". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Jagdish Shettar will have 2 deputies as he takes oath as Karnataka CM today". India Today. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Cabinet Reshuffle: Ashoka gets Home, Palemar gets Muzrai". Daijiworld.
  8. ^ "THE RISE & RISE OF ASHOKA". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "BJP WINS BANGALORE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME". DNA India. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  10. ^ "For BBMP Polls, BJP Puts R Ashok At Helm". The New Indian Express. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  11. ^ "BBMP results: BJP sweeps Bangalore civic body's poll". India Today. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  12. ^ Bharadwaj, K. V. Aditya (26 August 2019). "In a first, Karnataka to have 3 Deputy Chief Ministers". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Karnataka CM Yediyurappa announces names of three Deputy Chief Ministers". www.thenewsminute.com. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
B. S. Yeddyurappa
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
13 July 2012 – 8 May 2013
Succeeded by
None (Post Vacant)