Panchkula, Oct 26: Haryana’s first chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Manohar Lal Khattar, along with his council of ministers took oath of office on Sunday. Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki administered the oath of office to the new chief minister.
Massive arrangements were made at the Sector 5 HUDA ground in Panchkula for the swearing-in ceremony. The occasion was historic for the BJP as it is for the first time that the party has come to power since Haryana’s inception in 1966.
In a departure from the past, this is the first time that a chief minister was being sworn-in at a public ceremony instead of the event being held at the Haryana Raj Bhavan.
According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, CMs of BJP ruled states, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Union Cabinet Ministers and other senior BJP leaders attended the ceremony.
Outgoing Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also invited.
The reports say that three daises have been raised at the 13-acre fair grounds in Sector 5, Panchkula, where the function began at 11.23 am. 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.
60-year-old Khattar is known as as low-profile, ‘behind-the-scenes’ organisational man of the RSS and BJP. Those who known him describe him as a no-nonsense man and a tough task master.
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 had told mediapersons: “My government will be transparent and there will be no discrimination with any area.”
In the 90-member Haryana Assembly, BJP bagged 47 seats, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) won 19 seats and its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) got 1, Congress won 15 seats, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC BL) won 2 seats, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) managed 1 seat and five seats went to independent candidates.
(With Agency Inputs)