New Delhi, Oct 26: Haryana’s first chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Manohar Lal Khattar, along with his council of ministers will take oath of office at Panchkula on Sunday.
According to reports, the swearing-in ceremony will be an unprecedented mega event, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his cabinet colleagues, chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states, and other top leaders of the BJP along with other VIPs will grace the occasion with their presence.
The reports say that three daises have been raised at the 13-acre fair grounds in Sector 5, Panchkula, where the function will begin at 11.23 am. On one of the two stages along the main platform, the new BJP legislators and parliamentarians would sit, while the other is reserved for union ministers and religious leaders.
Among those who would be present include BJP national president Amit Shah, former deputy PM LK Advani, and chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh), Anandiben Patel (Gujarat), Vasundhara Raje Scindia (Rajasthan), Raman Singh ( Chhatisgarh), and Manohar Parrikar (Goa) besides the Prime Minister will be coming to the ceremony.
Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal will also be present, but his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is on vacation with family in Rajasthan from October 24 to 27, will be unable to attend the function.
The seating arrangements for more than 50,000 people have reportedly been made for the people.
The 60-year-old Khattar contested from Karnal Assembly seat from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the poll campaign in Haryana. Khattar won Karnal seat by 63,736 votes.
A first-time MLA, Khattar is stated to have been a good RSS organiser for the past 40 years. A Punjabi by origin, Khattar is stated to be close to Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
After being elected the leader of the BJP legislative party, Khattar said: “I have been chosen by the party legislators and the BJP leadership for this responsibility. I can assure you that we will work for the welfare of the people of Haryana.”
Khattar told mediapersons: “My government will be transparent and there will be no discrimination with any area.”
Khattar had also expressed gratitude towards those who helped party win polls in the state for the first time.
(With Agency Inputs)