We will give corruption-free govt: Jagadish Shettar



Bangalore: Karnataka's new Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Thursday said his government would strive to give an honest, transparent and corruption-free government even as he set out its priority to tackle severe drought and drinking water shortage in parts of the state on a war footing.

"We will try to give an honest, transparent and corruption-free government", Shettar, flanked by new Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, said at his maiden press conference after assuming charge as Chief Minister.

He said his government would give top priority to tackling severe drought in many districts and rural areas and step-up relief works, adding, the government would pay greater attention on supply of drinking water in scarcity-hit areas.

"We will take everybody into confidence and our objective is to give good governance by working together", said Shettar, who spoke after the customary cabinet meeting.

He said his predecessors B S Yeddyurappa and D V Sadananda Gowda had focused on the development agenda. "I will continue in the path shown by them".

Shettar said his aim would be towards building a prosperous Karnataka, and making it a front-line and model state. His government would try to remove regional imbalances and focus on balanced development by not discriminating against one district or another. "We will give a stable government".

"We will try to give an honest, transparent and corruption-free government,"

Shettar told reporters reflecting the task cut out for him to refurbish the image of BJP dented by corruption charges against several of its leaders who are battling court cases.

Shettar, who hails from backward North Karnataka region, also said his government would give top priority to tackling the severe drought faced in many districts and rural areas and step-up relief works.

"We will take every body into confidence and our objective is to give good governance by working together," said Shettar, flanked by Eshwarappa and Ashoka, after the customary cabinet meeting.

The BJP has not entertained the claim by G Karunakara Reddy, the brother of jailed mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, who had aspired to return to the ministry, but has given representation to Bellary district by inducting Anand Singh.

There is no representation to minority community in the ministry as BJP has no elected representative from this section.

Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda, BJP National General Secretary H N Anantkumar were present at the swearing-in.

Thousands of followers of Shettar watched the swearing in ceremony on big television screens erected at the Palace Grounds.

Others who took oath are Govind M Karjol, S Suresh Kumar, C M Udasi, Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri, Umesh V Katti, Basavaraja Bommai, Murugesh R Nirani, V Somanna, Shobha Karandlaje, B N Bache Gowda, M P Renukacharya, C P Yogeeshwara, S A Ravindranatha, Revu Naik Belamagi, Balachandra Jarkiholi, S A Ramadass, Anand Asnotikar, A Narayanaswamy, Raju Gowda alias Narasimha Nayak and Varthur Prakash.

Sogadu Shivanna, C T Ravi, D N Jeevaraja, S K Bellubbi, Aravind Limbavali, B J Puttaswamy, Anand Singh, Kalakappa Gurushantappa Bandi, Sunil Vallyapure, Kota Srinivasa Poojari and Appachu Ranjan were the others sworn-in.

PTI