New Delhi | Jagran English Desk: “EVM now means, every vote for Manohar". With comments like this at his poll rallies, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is confident enough to prove 'Abki Baar 75 Paar' slogan (this time, across 75 mark) of the Bharatiya Janata Party for the Haryana Assembly elections.

On October 21, the people of Haryana will cast their votes on 90 assembly seats to choose their representatives and the fate of these frontmen will be declared on October 24.

Elected from Karnal constituency of Haryana Legislative Assembly, after defeating Congress' Surendra Singh Narwal by a margin of 63,736 votes, Manohar Lal Khattar was the biggest surprise from the party's top leadership as the Chief Minister candidate. The 2014 assembly elections was the maiden win for Khattar from his constituency to become the state's first non-jat Chief Minister.

Born in 1954, in a migrated family from West Punjab (in Pakistan now) after the partition, Manohar Lal Khattar joined the RSS at an age of 23, in 1977, and became a full-time RSS pracharak in 1980.

After serving as pracharak for 14 years, he stepped into the political arena, and joined the BJP in 1994. Six years after working for the party he was made the Organisational General Secretary of the party in Haryana in 2000.

After overseeing the party as the state organisational chief for 14 years, Khattar rose to power in 2014 owing to his popularity among the masses and the ‘Modi wave’ which was streaming across the nation then.

Khattar’s term in office came with a mix of praises and criticism. He was lauded for some of his works for increasing the safety for women in the state. He announced all women police stations across the state. A 24×7 portal was also started in his governance called 'Harsamay', through which a person can file a complaint from anywhere and anytime.

He also had taken steps to spread 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' campaign in the state, which was started by PM Modi after holding his office for the first time.

On the other hand, Khattar’s governance came under the scanner in 2016 during the Jat reservation stir violence that claimed 40 lives and the violence in Sirsa that claimed over 40 lives following the conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in two rape cases.

After the Centre revoked Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, stripping off its special status, Khattar made headlines for his distasteful comments on Kashmiri women.

"Now some people say Kashmir is open; brides can be brought from there. But jokes apart, if the (sex) ratio is improved, then there will be a right balance in society", Khattar said in a rally as reported by NDTV.

Some days back he was also on the target of the Congress party after he provoked the party members by making a derogatory remark on Congress President Sonia Gandhi, during his election campaigning.

"They made Sonia Gandhi the Congress chief. It was like khoda pahaad, nikli chuhiya, woh bhi mari hui (like digging up a mountain to find a mouse, that too a dead one)," he said as reported by NDTV.

While the 2016 and 2017 incidents of violence over the Jat quota sir and Ram Rahim’s conviction no longer seem to be issues in the upcoming polls, it will interesting to see whether the people of Haryana are content with the work done by the Khattar-led BJP government in the last five years.

Posted By: Talib Khan