RSS man Khattar to be first BJP Chief Minister in Haryana

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014,20:01 IST By metro vaartha A A A

Manohar Lal Khattar, who is stated to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was today unanimously elected Leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his becoming the first Chief Minister of the saffron party in Haryana. 60-year-old Khattar is also the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the state.
He was elected Leader of BJP LP at a meeting of 47 newly elected MLAs at the Chandigarh UT Guest House, party Vice President Dinesh Sharma, who attended the meeting along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu as central observers, told reporters. Khattar, a first-time MLA, has worked as a RSS Pracharak for 40 long years.
Born in Rohtak district, he had contested the Assembly elections from Karnal. He won the Karnal seat with a margin of 63,736 votes. He is stated to be close to the Prime Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah Sharma said that the date of swearing in ceremony of the party’s first government will be announced soon.
Another aspirant for the post of Chief Minister Haryana BJP President Ram Bilas Sharma told reporters that he had proposed Khattar’s name, which was seconded by several MLAs including another aspirant Abhimanyu and Prem Lata (wife of Birender Singh who joined the BJP from Congress recently). Sharma said that they would meet Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki to stake claim for formation of the government.
BJP leader and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher was also present at the meeting. With Khattar’s election, Haryana will get a non-Jat Chief Minister after 18 years. Bhajan Lal was the last non-Jat Chief Minister who held office from 1991 to 1996.
After his exit Bansi Lal, Om Parkash Chautala (twice) and Bhupinder Singh Hooda (twice) were the Chief Ministers. The saffron party won 47 seats while the rest were shared by INLD 19, INC 15, HJC-BL two, one each of BSP and SAD and five Independents.
Khattar, who once wanted to become a doctor, is a man known for his organisational skills. He enjoys a clean image and is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom he has worked in the past.  Khattar, who is a bachelor and known for his political acumen, played the role of a master strategist and successfully led many electoral campaigns for his party, the latest being the 2014 Parliamentary elections in Haryana as Chairman of Election Campaign Committee.
It was in 1996, that Manohar Lal started working with Modi, who was then in charge of Haryana. In 2002, Manohar Lal was given the charge of Jammu and Kashmir as the State’s Election in-charge. Notably, Modi started his election campaign for the 2014 Haryana Assembly polls by addressing his first rally on October 4 at Karnal, the constituency from where Khattar recorded an emphatic win.
Coming from a humble agricultural background, his family arrived in Haryana from Pakistan post-partition.  They settled at Nindana, a village situated in Haryana’s Rohtak district. To survive, his father and grandfather took up odd jobs as labourers, finally saving enough to start a small shop. It was in Nindana that Manohar Lal was born in 1954.
Khattar joined RSS as a full-time Pracharak in 1980 and after 14 years of service to the Sangh, moved to the BJP  and placed at the helm as party general secretary in Haryana in 1994. In 1996, BJP allied with Bansi Lal’s Haryana Vikas Party (which later merged with Congress) to form the government in the state. However, when he noticed that the alliance was proving costly for the party and the government had become unpopular, he favoured withdrawal of support.
BJP then decided to provide outside support to Om Prakash Chautala. Later, this coalition with INLD won all 10 seats in the 1999 parliamentary elections in Haryana, a better outcome than 2 out of 10 seats they had secured in 1998.  His tenure as party general secretary established him as a strategist, an able and firm handed administrator, and a man who had a keen sense of the state’s politics. In the aftermath of the Bhuj earthquake, Khattar was called upon to manage the elections in Kutch district by Modi and the BJP secured three out of six seats.
The first elections held in the then newly created state of Chhattisgarh also saw Khattar’s contribution to the party’s position. He worked in Bastar which was a  traditionally Congress-voting area and won 10 out of 12 seats – thus playing a decisive role in bringing BJP to power in the  state.  Apart from his crucial role in the party’s success in states like Punjab, Haryana and Chhattisgarh, he was given prominent roles in various elections in different states where he always delivered results.
For the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, Khattar was appointed the Chairman of Election Campaign Committee (Haryana) contributing to the party’s thumping success in which it won seven of the eight seats it contested from. Khattar also headed the Antyodaya Yojana for BJP nationally.

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