Manohar Lal Khattar to be next Haryana chief minister

Chandigarh: Manohar Lal Khattar will be the next chief minister of Haryana.

Khattar, 60, former Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) 'Pracharak', was chosen by newly elected legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party as their leader at a meeting here. He is a first-time BJP legislator from Karnal assembly constituency.

The swearing-in of the new chief minister and other ministers is likely to take place Oct 26. The ceremony could be held at a sports stadium in Panchkula town, 15 km from here, instead of the Haryana Raj Bhavan here.

In the Oct 15 elections to the Haryana state assembly, the BJP emerged the absolute winner for the first time on its own.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior BJP leader Dinesh Sharma were sent by the BJP's parliamentary board as observers for the meeting of its Haryana legislators that chose Khattar as their leader.

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