BJP Jat lobby wants Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar out
BJP MLAs from Haryana reportedly met top brass of the party in Delhi on Wednesday, demanding the removal of state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
According to a source, around 15 BJP MLAs, mostly members belonging to the Jat community, met Kailash Vijayvargiya, the BJP leader in-charge of Haryana, and requested that the non-Jat chief minister be sacked.
Furthermore, the lawmakers also suggested the name of Zee Group chairman Subash Chandra as the new Chief Minister of Haryana.
Khattar, a first time MLA and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist, represents Karnal constituency in the Haryana Assembly and was sworn in as chief minister of Haryana in October 2014.
BJP has formed a government for the first time on its own in the state after gaining a majority by bagging 47 of the 90 Assembly seats.
Sixty-year-old Khattar has been an RSS pracharak for the past 40 years and an active BJP member for more than 20 years and had won his debut election with a margin of more than 63,000 votes.
Khattar earlier faced tight completion from Jat leader Captain Abhimanyu and Brahmin leader Ram Bilas Sharma to become the chief minister.
But the party’s 47 MLAs elected Khattar as the chief minister in a meeting held in October, with Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP’s vice-president Dinesh Sharma overseeing the process.
Khattar, often dubbed an “outsider” by rivals, reportedly secured the position with the strong support of the RSS. He is the first Punjabi to become chief minister of the state and also the first non-Jat chief minister of the state in 18 years.