Manohar Lal Khattar appointed as Haryana Chief Minister

Manohar Lal Khattar

After much deliberation, former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh member Manohar Lal Khattar was on Tuesday elected as Haryana’s new Chief Minister.

Having got a majority on its own for the first time in Haryana, the BJP legislative party meeting concluded here after electing Khattar as legislature party leader.

Khattar is the first non-Jat Chief Minister of Haryana in 18 years.

“I have been chosen by the party legislators and the BJP leadership for this responsibility. I can assure you that we will work for the welfare of the people of Haryana,” Khattar said after being elected the leader of the BJP legislative group.

“My government will be transparent and there will be no discrimination with any area,” Khattar, sporting a light blue jacket, told media persons.

The swearing-in of the new chief minister and other ministers is likely to take place on October 26. The ceremony could take place at a sports stadium in Panchkula town, 15 km from here, instead of the Haryana Raj Bhavan here.

Khattar, a new face in electoral politics, was fielded from Karnal Assembly seat from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his poll campaign in the state.

A first-time MLA, Khattar has no administrative experience, but he is stated to have been a good RSS organiser for the past 40 years. He won Karnal seat by 63,736 votes.

Khattar, a Punjabi by origin, is stated to be close to Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

The meeting was attended by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and party vice president Dinesh Sharma, appointed observers by the BJP’s Parliamentary Board for deciding the name of Haryana Chief Minister.

“The name of Khattar was proposed for chief minister by Haryana BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma and he (Khattar) was unanimously elected. We will now meet the Haryana Governor (Kaptan Singh Solanki) and request him to invite him to form the next government,” BJP central observer Dinesh Sharma told media.

All newly-elected 47 BJP legislators, the central observers and other senior Haryana BJP leaders attended the meeting.

Opinion of all the legislators was taken before finalising Khattar for the top job.

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