Bengaluru: More than three weeks after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday expanded his ministry by inducting 17 ministers into his Cabinet.
This is the first-ever expansion of Yediyurappa's ministry after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29.
Having run the government with a "one-man cabinet" for over 20 days, the chief minister had on Saturday managed to get the nod from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20.
The new Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here.
They include former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, two former deputy Chief Ministers -- K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, independent MLA H Nagesh and Laxman Sangappa Savadi, who is not a member of the Assembly or Council, and MLC Kota Srinivas Poojari.
Others sworn in were: Govind M Karajol, Ashwath Narayan C N, B Sreeramulu, S Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, J C Madhu Swamy, C C Patil, Prabhu Chauhan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb, who is the only woman Cabinet Minister.
Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 Ministers, including the Chief Minister.
With no clarity on who all were to be inducted into the ministry till Monday night, aspirants and the state BJP leadership were anxiously awaiting clear instructions from the party high command in Delhi.
Amid pressure from within, the opposition Congress and the JD(S) too had hit out at the BJP over the delay in cabinet expansion and had even raised questions about government's "existence".
The Congress had claimed that Yediyurappa's one-man cabinet administration "resembled the President's rule".
Of the 17 MLAs, 16 belong to the BJP and one, H Nagesh, is an Independent MLA from Mulbagal assembly seat.
Bharatiya Janata Party's Kota Srinivas Poojari is the party's leader in the state legislative council.
Three weeks after he took oath as the Chief Minister of the state, Yediyurappa will finally have a full cabinet.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS.)