CHANDIGARH: All MLAs of the BJP, which is all set to form the government in Haryana for the first time, will meet here on Tuesday to a take call who will be Chief Minister -- a Jat or a non-Jat.
Sources said that all the 47 new MLAs of the saffron party will meet on Tuesday in Chandigarh with BJP observers Venkaiah Naidu and Dinesh Sharma deputed to convey their viewpoint to party president Amit Shah.
“Party observers will visit Chandigarh tomorrow to hold consultations with MLAs and they will convey it to the party president,” BJP Haryana in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
Sources added that if the party decided to go for a Jat CM, it will be toss for either Captain Abhimanyu Singh or farmers’ leader Om Parkash Dhankar.
If the party goes with a Non-Jat CM, then it could be Manohar Lal Khattar, who is a Punjabi, or Haryana BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma, a Brahmin leader.
The party might also create a post of Deputy Chief Minister to placate the second group.
Sources said that a Non-Jat CM could send a wrong message to the Jats who have supported the BJP in adjoining states and may also affect the prospects in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi.
Haryana has had three consecutive Jat Chief Ministers for 15 years. The last non-Jat to become CM of Haryana was Bhajan Lal.
“The party has Jat candidates and also got Jat chunk of votes of the dominant community, which accounts for 25 per cent of vote share. The party also got support from Dalits, Brahmins, Banias and Rajputs as well as non-Jat OBCs like Ahirs, Gujjars and Sainis. The choice will only be in keeping with the support that the BJP mustered from non-Jats,” said an other party leader.