Manohar Lal Khattar sworn in as Haryana Chief Minister; Robert Vadra-DLF land deals on priority list

Written by Charanjit Ahuja | Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 26 2014, 21:02pm hrs
Manohar Lal Khattar, a first time MLA and a low-profile Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader with active Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background, was today sworn in as chief minister of Haryana by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki.

The task for the new CM is inclusive growth in Haryana, wage war against corruption and to order investigation into the land deals about which PM Narendra Modi and BJP had raised the pitch during elections particularly those concerning Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chief, Sonia Gandhi.

Khattar is states first non-jat chief minister in 18 years and overall 10th CM of Haryana which was carved out of Punjab as a separate state on November 1, 1966.

Six others who took oath as Cabinet ministers along with Khattar included, Anil Vij, Kavita Jain, OP Dhankar, Ram Bilas sharma, Om Prakash Dhankar and Captain Abhimanyu. The three Ministers of State (independent charge) are: Vikram Singh Thekedar, Krishan Kumar Bedi and Karan Dev Kamboj.

In a major break from tradition, the oath taking ceremony was held at Panchkula, a satellite town of Chandigarh, the state capital of both Punjab and Haryana. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. A galaxy of top NDA leaders including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Shipping and Transport Krishan Pal Gujjar, Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, Minister of State of External Affairs V K Singh and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar were in attendance. The BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were also present at the oath taking ceremony.

The chief ministers of BJP ruled states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well as Shiromani Akali Dal chief and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal were also present on the occasion. Interestingly Badal had campaigned hard for Indian National Lok Dal candidates in Haryana along with former chief minister, Om Parkash Chautala.