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Shettar becomes minister again

Jagadish Shettar, who today began his second stint in his political career as minister, is one of the prominent leaders of BJP in North Karnataka region.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2009 16:35 IST

Jagadish Shettar, who today began his second stint in his political career as minister, is one of the prominent leaders of BJP in North Karnataka region.

Politics is not an alien arena for Shettar's family as his father was elected to Hubli Municipality five times and he himself was the first ever-erstwhile Jan Sangh Mayor of the Municipality.

Scaling up the ladder in BJP since 1990 after he became president of Hubi Rural Unit and Dharwad District unit in 1994, Shettar rose to the position of leader of the opposition in the state assembly in 1999.

The 54-year-old Shettar, who practised law for 20 years, also headed Karnatka unit BJP in 2005 and is credited with playing a pivotal role for the good showing of the party in 2008 when it came to power in the state.

Shettar, who had served as Revenue Minister in the JDS-BJP coalition government, however could not join the Yeddyurappa ministry last year as he was forced to accept the Speaker's post.

Eighteen months after BJP government assumed office, Shettar, by turning a rebel, has succeeded in becoming a minister.