CHANDIGARH: Haryana to get it’s Non Jat Chief Minister after 18 years, the newly elected legislators of the BJP today unanimously elected him as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his becoming the first Chief Minister of the saffron party in the state.
A meeting held of all the 47 newly elected MLAs of the party in presence of party observers Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and party Vice President Dinesh Sharma, Khattar’s named was proposed by State Party Chief Ram Bilas Sharma was seconded by several MLAs including Capt Abhimanyu and Prem Lata (wife of Birender Singh who joined the BJP recently).
The 60-year-old Khattar, a former RSS member for four decades, will be the tenth chief minister of the state. Besides being Non-Jat will be first Punjabi to be the Chief Minister of Haryana. A first-time MLA from Karnal is stated to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he won this seat with a margin of 63,736 votes.
"The MLAs have elected me as the leader of BJP Legislature Party. It was a unanimous decision. We are going to the Governor and will put forth our claim to form the government," Khattar said and after that he met the Govrnor Kaptan Singh Solanki.
While Dinesh Sharma said that the date of swearing in ceremony of the party's first government will be announced soon.
Bhajan Lal was the last non-Jat Chief Minister who held office from 1991 to 1996.