On Sunday (January 14), Khattar visited the Haryana Police Academy (HPA) in Madhuban, without caring about a myth prevailing in political and administrative circles that a CM visiting the academy loses his chair.
Just like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Noida, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar confronted a jinx in his state. On Sunday (January 14), Khattar visited the Haryana Police Academy (HPA) in Madhuban, without caring about a myth prevailing in political and administrative circles that a CM visiting the academy loses his chair. For years, no Chief Minister ever dared to enter the HPA in Madhuban because of the fear of losing his seat. However, busting the myth, Khattar paid a visit to the academy.
Addressing newly recruited police personnel, Khattar said, “It is unfortunate that a place where police personnel, not only from Haryana but from other states as well, are trained is considered in a bad light for a Chief Minister. The HPA is a sacred place. I came to know that no CM visited the academy in the past 17 years,” Khattar said. Notably, the last CM to visit the academy was OP Chautala in 2001, who is currently serving his jail term.
Khattar admitted he had been late in paying a visit to the academy. “I must have come here three years ago. Today, I came here to keep the sanctity of the HPA,” the CM said. Addressing the recruits, he gave them three ‘mantras’ — morality, justice and bravery — and encouraged them to tackle pressure. “A government’s tenure is for five years, but employees and officials serve society for about 35 years. If incapable persons are recruited, they will do disservice to society. So, the BJP recruits on merit,” Khattar said.
Earlier, Yogi Adityanath had ignored the Noida jinx and went there along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Delhi Metro Magenta Line last month. During the inauguration address, referring to a popular jinx that holds that the Chief Ministers who visits Noida, will lose power, PM Modi had said that due to his (Adityanath’s) attire, a few people believe that the Chief Minister is not modern but he has done what earlier Chief Ministers of U.P. have never done — travelled to Noida.