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Nayab Singh Saini to be new Haryana chief minister

Mar 12, 2024 02:41 PM IST

State BJP president Saini, who was unanimously elected legislature party leader, is a confidant of outgoing CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana BJP president and Kurukshetra MP Nayab Singh Saini, 53, will take oath as the new chief minister in Chandigarh at 5pm on Tuesday.

Haryana BJP president and Kurukshetra MP Nayab Singh Saini (centre) being felicitated by state party in-charge Biplab Kumar Deb, observers Arjun Munda and Tarun Chugh as outgoing chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar looks on in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Haryana BJP president and Kurukshetra MP Nayab Singh Saini (centre) being felicitated by state party in-charge Biplab Kumar Deb, observers Arjun Munda and Tarun Chugh as outgoing chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar looks on in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

On a day of fast-paced political developments, Saini was unanimously elected as the legislature group leader at a meeting of all 41 BJP MLAs at Haryana Niwas in the afternoon.

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Also read: Haryana CM Khattar, ministers resign; BJP-JJP alliance over

Earlier in the day, Manohar Lal Khattar submitted his resignation as chief minister to governor Bandaru Dattatreya with the party’s alliance with Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) falling through.

“The new Haryana government will be sworn in at Raj Bhawan this evening,” Karnal BJP MP Sanjay Bhatia said after the MLAs’ meeting that was also attended by state party in-charge Biplab Kumar Deb, observers Arjun Munda, who is a Union minister, and party national general secretary Tarun Chugh and former Haryana BJP chief and Rajya Sabha member Subhash Barala.

Saini, who hails from other backward classes (OBC) community, is set to become CM barely six months after he replaced Om Prakash Dhankar from the powerful Jat community leader as the state BJP president.

Saini, who became MLA for the first time in 2014 and remained a minister, is considered a confidant of Khattar.

When Saini became MP in 2019, the BJP had not only bagged all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana but the saffron party candidates had also won with massive margins.

His appointment comes at a time when the BJP, which has been in power in Haryana since 2014, is aiming for a hat-trick.

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    Pawan Sharma, based in Chandigarh, is Assistant Editor in HT and presently writes on Haryana's politics and governance. During different stints over the past two decades, he covered Punjab extensively for 10 years and before that judiciary and Himachal Pradesh with focus on high-impact news breaking and investigative journalism.

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