Manohar Lal Khattar sworn in as Haryana CM, Dushyant Chautala takes oath as deputy CM
Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as Haryana CM, JJP leader Dushyant Chautala took the oath as the deputy Chief Minister of Haryana.
Manohar Lal Khattar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Haryana for a second straight term on October 27, 2019. This is the first time that a non-Congress government has formed the government in Haryana for a second consecutive term.
The BJP staked claim to form the government in Haryana in alliance with Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) after the assembly election results indicated a hung verdict.
While Khattar took oath as Haryana CM, JJP leader Dushyant Chautala took the oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana. Dushyant Chautala is the great-grandson of Devi Lal, former Deputy Prime Minister of India.
Manohar Lal Khattar was sworn in after he was chosen by the newly-elected BJP legislators as the new BJP legislative party leader. This was decided during a meeting of the BJP legislators on October 26, 2019 in Chandigarh. Speaking on forming government in Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar said that his government will be transparent.
Haryana Assembly Election Results 2019
The Haryana Assembly Election Results 2019 ended in a hung verdict with the ruling BJP securing victory in just 40 seats, Congress winning 31 seats and the newly-formed Jannayak Janta Party winning 10 seats.
The total seats in the Haryana assembly include 90. A party requires at least 46 seats to form a majority government in the state. Neither BJP nor Congress could manage to win the majority in the state.
Hence, it was predicted that JJP’s Dushyant Chautala will play the role of a King Maker. The BJP finally staked claim to form the government with the predicted support of JJP, three days after the assembly election results were revealed.
The BJP also claimed the support of all 7 independent candidates who won in Haryana Assembly Elections 2019.
Both the BJP and Congress had contested from all 90 constituencies in Haryana, the BSP from 87, Indian National Lok Dal from 81, independents from 375, the CPI from 4 and CPM from 7, NCP from 1 and 434 others.
The JJP, which emerged after a split from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in December 2018, was contesting its first-ever elections this time.