New Delhi: Hours after unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP’s legislative party in Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday staked claim to form the government in the state with the support of the Dushyant Chautala-led JJP. “We have staked claim to form government in Haryana. Governor has accepted our proposal and invited us. I have tendered my resignation which has been accepted. Tomorrow at 2:15 PM oath-taking ceremony will be held at Raj Bhavan. Dushyant Chautala will take oath as Deputy CM,” Manohar Lal Khattar said.
The development comes as BJP leaders, including Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Manohar Lal Khattar and state party chief Subhash Barala, met Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya to stake claim to form the government in the state.
Earlier in the day, Khattar was made the leader of the BJP’s legislative party in Haryana. An announcement in this regard was made by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad along with BJP general secretary Arun Singh. The decision was taken during the party’s legislative meeting with central observers.
On the other hand, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Chautala also met the governor and gave his party’s letter of support to him. The party has extended support to the saffron party to form the government in the state.
Along with the JJP, other Independent MLAs, who have extended their unconditional support to the saffron party, were also present during the meeting with the governor.
Ahead of the meeting with the governor, the BJP categorically said that it will not take the support of controversial Sirsa MLA Gopal Kanda.
“The BJP will not take Gopal Kanda’s support. We will form a stable and honest government with the support of Dushyant Chautala’s JJP and independent candidates,” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said while addressing a press conference after the crucial meet in Chandigarh.
Meanwhile, the Congress slammed the JJP to support the BJP for state government formation, saying, ‘it was now out in the open that the Jannayak Janata Party will remain the ‘B-team’ of the BJP’.
“When the BJP wants to gain power by dividing the society, sometimes Raj Kumar Saini and sometimes the JJP-Lok Dal will stand as a puppet. The public has now come to know the reality,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet in Hindi.
Surjewala claimed that the Khattar government has not been given the mandate by the people. “It is also true that the JJP asked for people’s mandate against the BJP and won 10 seats,” he said in a series of tweets.
Notably, the BJP joined hands with JJP as it failed to reach the majority mark of 46 in the recently concluded Haryana Assembly election 2019. While the ruling party won 40 seats, 6 short of majority mark, the JJP bagged 10 seats in 90-member assembly and emerged as the ‘kingmaker’.