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Haryana CM Race: Manohar Lal Khattar, Ram Bilas Sharma Frontrunners

ramAs the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to form government in Haryana after the historic victory, it is expected to declare the name of the Chief Minister on Tuesday.

Though many names are being floated regarding this, Manohar Lal Khattar and Ram Bilas Sharma seem to be the frontrunners to the CM post.

However, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and party leader Dinesh Sharma has been deputed as observers, by the BJP Parliamentary Board, for the meeting which will be held after 2 pm today.

According to sources, Manohar Lal Khattar is likely to become the next CM of Haryana. Being a BJP leader, who won from the Karnal seat for the Haryana polls this year, Khattar was a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader. Khattar joined in RSS in 1977 and was a full time worker in the party for 14 years. He joined in BJP in 1994. He has been the Organisational General Secretary of Haryana from 2000 to 2014. Also being a member in the National Executive Committee, he was the Chairman of BJP’s Haryana Election Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha Election. However, Khattar has no prior administrative experience.

Meanwhile, according to party sources, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and senior party leader Jagdish Mukhi have invited him to take part in the discussions.

As per reports, when Khattar was asked about the chance of being CM, he said, “BJP parliamentary board is supreme. Whatever they decide will be accepted by everyone. Our ideology clearly says that we do not believe in caste. All the political parties, except the BJP, have devided Haryana among the castes.”

Another name floating around for the CM post is of Ram Bilas Sharma. The BJP state President Sharma had contested from Mahendergarh seat during the poll assembly. He was the president of BJP in Haryana. He had been the Education Minister in Bansi Lal government. For four consecutive terms in 1982, 1987, 1991, 1996, Sharma had been the MLA from Mahendergarh seat.

However, BJP is all set to form its own government for the first time in Haryana, where it had one barely four assembly seats in the 2009 elections.

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