New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday took oath as the Chief Minister of Haryana for the second consecutive time in Chandigarh's Raj Bhawan after the BJP and JJP shook hands to cross the majority mark of 46 in the 90-seat legislative assembly of Haryana.

The saffron party formed the government in alliance with the newly formed Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) led by Dushyant Chautala, who took oath as Khattar's deputy. Khattar, 65, will be heading the second Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of the state, which was formed on November 1, 1966.

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A low-profile organisational man with an active RSS background, Khattar was chosen by the newly-elected BJP legislators as their leader at a meeting here on Saturday.

"My government will be transparent," Khattar told the media ahead of taking the oath as reported by news agency IANS.

BJP working president J P Nadda, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore, former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Union ministers Krishan Pal Gurjar, R L Kataria, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal were present on the occasion.

Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala's father Ajay Chautala, who stepped out of the Tihar jail on Saturday on a furlough, also attended the event. Ajay Chautala is lodged in the Tihar jail in Delhi after his conviction in a teachers' recruitment scam. Dushyant Chautala's mother Naina Chautala, who has been re-elected MLA for the second time, was also present.

The BJP has yesterday cleared the talks of getting support from abetment of suicide accused Gopal Kanda after the opposition as well as former union minister Uma Bharti cautioned the party over Gopal Kanda offering support to the party and requested party leaders to not forget the moral values of their organisation's foundation and asserted that only people with a clean background should be partnered with.

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“I want to clarify one thing that the BJP is not going to take the support of Kanda,” said the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Chandigarh on Saturday.

The BJP had on Friday sealed a deal with the JJP to form the next government in Haryana after the saffron party fell short of six seats from the majority mark. In the 90-member assembly, a minimum strength of 46 MLAs is required to form the government.



(With agencies Inputs)

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