Haryana govt formation Live updates: Manohar Lal Khattar has been elected as the leader of BJP legislative party in Haryana. He will take oath as the chief minister for the second term on Sunday (October 27) in Chandigarh at 2:15 PM. JJP’s Dushyant Chautala will be his deputy. Khattar met Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya to stake claim to form the next government with the support of Jannayak Janata Party and Independent MLAs. The BJP and JJP finalised an alliance deal late on Friday after meeting between Amit Shah and Dushyant Chautala.
“Going by the mandate of the voters of Haryana, leaders of both parties have decided that BJP and JJP will form the government together. The chief minister will be from the BJP and deputy chief minister will be from the JJP,” Shah told reporters. The deputy CM will be from Chautala’s party, Shah added. The BJP’s decision to win over Chautala underlines its quest to placate Jats, a dominant community in the state who are believed to have voted mostly against the saffron party in the recent polls, to ensure a smooth run of its government.
Speaking to reporters in Chandigarh after BJP legislative party meeting, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad put to rest the controversy surrounding Gopal Kanda and said the party is not taking support from the controversial MLA. Khattar had earlier said that he has received letters from Independent MLAs extending support to the BJP.
Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti had openly criticised her own party for taking support from controversial MLA Gopal Kanda for forming government in Haryana. Kanda, who has won from Sirsa, had to resign from Bhupinder Singh Hooda cabinet in 2012 when he was accused of abetting suicide of an air hostess working in his airline company.