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Manohar Lal Khattar Resigns, Nayab Singh Saini Tipped as Next CM

Manohar Lal Khattar resigned as Haryana’s chief minister on Tuesday, amid fractures in the state’s ruling coalition of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

According to a Haryana government spokeswoman, Manohar Lal Khattar has submitted his resignation letter to the Haryana governor, along with his cabinet.

Nayab Singh Saini, a BJP politician, is expected to succeed Manohar Lal Khattar as Haryana’s chief minister. He will take the oath of office at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

The BJP and the JJP, led by deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, were having trouble relations after failing to reach a seat-sharing arrangement in the state for the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP won all ten Lok Sabha seats in the state at the 2019 elections. Follow live updates on the Haryana political crisis.

Manohar Lal Khattar Resigns: Top Updates:

  • The BJP declared that it had enough seats in the Haryana legislature, with 41 MLAs and five independents, bringing it above the halfway point of 45.
  • Naib Singh Saini, the state BJP chief, succeeded Manohar Lal Khattar.
  • After tendering his resignation at Raj Bhawan, Manohar Lal Khattar, BJP cabinet ministers, and MLAs met in Haryana Niwas with Haryana BJP incharge Biplab Kumar Deb, Nayab Saini, observers Arjun Munda (central minister) and Tarun Chug (national general secretary), and former state BJP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Barala.
  • Independent MLA Nayan Pal Rawat stated earlier on Tuesday that the coalition was nearing its breaking point, but that few independent MLAs who backed the BJP government would ensure its survival, according to news agency ANI.Another independent MLA Dharampal Gonder said the independent MLAs were supporting the BJP-led government.
  • Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) MLA Gopal Kanda earlier claimed that the alliance between the BJP and the JJP was at a breakpoint but the BJP could win all 10 Lok Sabha seats from the state on its own.
  • In the 90-member Haryana assembly the BJP has 41 MLAs, it also enjoys the support of 5 independent MLAs and the HLP MLA Gopal Kanda.
  • The top leadership of both the BJP and JJP (Jannayak Janata Party) have called separate meetings of their respective MLAs.
  • The nature of change is not clear, with senior party leaders keeping mum.
  • Opposition reacts: Congress MP Deepender Hooda said, “All that is happening in Haryana is because the public has decided to bring change. The public was upset with the present government in the state. We are keeping a close eye on the developments.”
  • Congress leader and former CM Bhupinder Hooda said, “We always knew the BJP- JJP alliance was made just to mislead people and now it’s become clear that they were always based on nothing. People have seen through them and will vote for us.”

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(Source: HT)

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