Twenty-four Karnataka Congress leaders took oath as ministers on Saturday at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. With this, the state Cabinet reached its full strength of 34.

Those who were sworn in on Saturday were HK Patil, Krishna Byre Gowda, N Cheluvarayaswamy, K Venkatesh, HC Mahadevappa, Eshwar Khandre, KN Rajanna, Dinesh Gundu Rao, NS Boseraju, Sharanabasappa Darshanapur, Shivananda Patil, Thimmapur Ramappa Balappa, SS Mallikarjun, Shivaraj Tangadagi, Sharanaprakash Rudrappa Patil, Mankal Vaidya, Lakshmi Hebbalkar, Rahim Khan, D Sudhakar, Santosh S Lad, Byrathi Suresh, Madhu Bangarappa, MC Sudhakar, and B Nagendra.

Boseraju is currently neither a member of the legislative assembly nor the legislative council.

All the 24 ministers come from various castes and regions with nine of the becoming a member of the Cabinet for the first time, reported The Indian Express.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the Congress has followed the norms of “providing equal representation to all castes and regions while keeping in mind the principles of social justice” while choosing the ministers, according to the newspaper.

He added it has been done “to fulfil the promises made to the people and to meet the widespread desire for change among people”.

The portfolios for the minsiters are expected to be allocated over the next couple of days.

On May 20, Siddaramaiah took oath as the chief minister and state Congress chief DK Shivakumar was sworn in as his deputy. Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot had also administered the oath of office to eight other MLAs – G Parameshwara, KH Muniyappa, KJ George, MB Patil, Satish Jarkiholi, Priyank Kharge, Ramalinga Reddy and BZ Zameer Ahmed.

The Congress had won the Assembly elections in the southern state on May 13 by securing 135 out of the 224 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party was reduced to 66 seats.