Manohar Lal Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM on Sunday

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Manohar Lal Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM on Sunday
Manohar Lal Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM on Sunday

New Delhi : Manohar Lal Khattar will be taking oath as Haryana Chief Minister on Sunday afternoon, beginning his second term in the state. He met the Governor on Saturday to stake claim of forming the government.

"We have stake claim to form government in Haryana. Governor has accepted our proposal and invited us. I have tendered my resignation which has been accepted. Tomorrow at 2:15 PM oath taking ceremony will be held at Raj Bhavan. Dushyant Chautala will take oath as Deputy CM," Khattar told news agency ANI.

In the recently concluded elections, the BJP had won 40 seats, six short of the clear majority and seven less than it won five years back. With JJP giving them support, BJP is set to return in power in Haryana. Dushyant Chautala, a great grandson of the late deputy prime minister Chaudhary Devi Lal, said his party believed the alliance was necessary for stability in Haryana.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was also present at the BJP legislative party meeting said: “We will go to meet the Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya, and request him to invite us to form the government.”

After election results were out, Manohar Lal Khattar spent the night in the national capital fine-tuning the party’s strategy and work out the details of the state government, which has to rely on non-BJP legislators.

The good news came on Friday night when BJP announced an alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which won 10 of Haryana’s 90 seats and was expected to play a key role in state politics.

At a press conference at his Janpath residence in Delhi, Chautala said, “We will support whichever party agrees to implement our agenda as part of a common minimum programme. The JJP will ally with any party that promises 75% reservation of jobs for Haryanvis in Haryana and continues with pension for senior citizens...”

BJP national president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah met JJP leaders and announced the merger. “Accepting the mandate by the people of Haryana, leaders of both parties (BJP-JJP) have decided that BJP-JJP will form the government together in Haryana. The Chief Minister will be from BJP and Deputy Chief Minister will be from JJP,” he said after the meeting.