K. Shivaram, a retired 1986 batch IAS officer, is expected to join BJP on 14 October 2016 in the presence of Rajnath Singh in Bengaluru. His popularity may also be gauged by the fact that he has also acted in 10 Kannada films.
He joined the Congress immediately after his retirement in 2013. After six months, he joined Janata Dal (Secular) and contested unsuccessfully as a party candidate in 2014 general elections. Reportedly, Shivrama will play a critical role ahead of assembly elections in 2018.