Manohar Lal Khattar
Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal.jpg
10th Chief Minister of Haryana
Assumed office
26 October 2014
GovernorKaptan Singh Solanki
Satyadev Narayan Arya
Bandaru Dattatreya
DeputyDushyant Chautala
(since 27 October 2019)
Preceded byBhupinder Singh Hooda
Member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2014
Preceded bySumita Singh
ConstituencyKarnal
Personal details
Born (1954-05-05) 5 May 1954 (age 68)[1]
Nindana, Punjab, India
(now in Rohtak district, Haryana, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
affiliations
National Democratic Alliance
Alma materUniversity of Delhi, New Delhi
Websitemanoharlalkhattar.in
[2]

Manohar Lal Khattar (born 5 May 1954) is an Indian politician serving as the 10th and current chief minister of Haryana. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a former RSS pracharak. He represents Karnal constituency in Haryana Legislative Assembly. He was sworn in for the first time as Chief Minister of Haryana on 26 October 2014 after BJP's win in the 2014 Haryana Legislative Assembly election. He was sworn in a second time as the chief minister on 27 October 2019 after making an alliance with Jannayak Janta Party post-2019 Haryana Legislative Assembly election with Dushyant Chautala as his deputy chief minister.

Personal life

Khattar was born on 5 May 1954 in Nindana village of Meham tehsil in Rohtak district of Haryana, in a Punjabi Hindu family.[3][4] His father, Harbans Lal Khattar, had migrated to the village from Jhang district of West Punjab following the Partition of India in 1947. His family initially settled in the Banyani village of Rohtak district and took up farming.[2]

Khattar completed his matriculation (final year of high school) from Pandit Neki Ram Sharma Government College, Rohtak.[2] He then moved to Delhi, and ran a shop near Sadar Bazar[2] while completing his bachelor's degree from University of Delhi.[5]

Political career

Khattar joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1977 and became a full-time pracharak three years later.[6] As a pracharak, he is a lifelong bachelor.[7] He worked as a full-time pracharak for 14 years before moving to BJP, in 1994.[2][6]

During 2000–2014, Khattar was Organizational General Secretary of the BJP in Haryana. during his tenure the state unit was also started a publication of Bhajpa Ki Baat magazine in October 2000. [8] [2] He was the Chairman of BJP's Haryana Election Campaign Committee for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.[9] Subsequently, he became a member of BJP's National Executive Committee.[9] [10]

In 2014, Khattar was nominated as BJP's candidate from Karnal constituency for the Haryana Legislative Assembly election, 2014. The party's workers and supporters in Karnal launched a signature campaign, asking the party leadership to field a local candidate instead of him.[11] His opponent, the Indian National Congress candidate and Deepender Singh Hooda, accused Khattar of being an "outsider" not native to Karnal. But Modi wave helped Mr. Khattar win elections by heavy margin.[12]

In the elections, the BJP gained a majority in Haryana for the first time, and Khattar won his maiden election by a margin of 63,736 votes. During a party meeting, his name was proposed for the Chief Minister of Haryana post by Haryana BJP President Ram Bilas Sharma, seconded by other strong Chief Minister of Haryana claimant Rao Inderjeet Singh and supported by many MLAs. He became the BJP's first Chief Minister of Haryana after his swearing-in ceremony on 26 October 2014.[13][14]

On 27 October 2019, Khattar was sworn in as the chief minister for the second time, after making an alliance with Dushyant Chautala's Jannayak Janta Party post 2019 Haryana Legislative Assembly election.[15][16]

Major initiatives

Police reforms

Khattar announced that Haryana will have an all-woman police station in each district and around 500 woman constables will be recruited. He also started a 24×7 portal called Harsamay through which anybody can file a complaint online.[17]

He has also suggested that Yoga to be a part of police constables training to help keep the police personnel mentally and physically fit. According to media reports, Khattar has said that Police recruitments would be made on Transparent Recruitment Policy (TRP) and 3,060 new houses would be constructed for police personnel at a cost of Rs 550 crore in next three years.[18]

E-governance

Manohar Lal Khattar has introduced e-services through Common Service Centres including biometric attendance system in all the government offices through which attendance of all officers will be available online and monitored.[19]

Indian reunification

In July 2022, Manohar Lal Khattar championed the cause of Indian reunification, declaring opposition to the partition of India.[20] Khattar likened the present divisions in the Indian subcontinent to those of East and West Germany, which were dissolved with German reunification in the 1990s.[20]

Women's empowerment

Manohar Lal Khattar's Government has been in news for taking steps to implement Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana scheme that was flagged off by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The child gender ratio has been improved in Haryana since he assumed power. It is now 889 girls per 1,000 boys. "Efforts are being made to further take it (child gender ratio) to above 900," Khattar has said in a public statement.[21]

Construction of memorial

Manohar Lal Khattar has publicly declared that his government will build a memorial to mark the sacrifice of Garud Commando Gursewak Singh, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Pathankot.[22]

Controversies

Manohar Lal Khattar is criticised for his remarks on rape and women issues.[23] During his election campaign for 2014 polls in India, he said: "If they (women) want freedom, why don't they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited."[24][25] Likewise, on 16 November 2018, he has stated, "The biggest concern is that in 80-90% of rapes and eve-teasing cases, the accused and the victim know each other. In many cases, they know each other for a long time, and on one day, when there is an argument,... an FIR is lodged, saying that this person has raped me." This evoked strong condemnation from the opposition.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Haryana Gets Manohar Lal Khattar As New Chief Minister". Metro Journalist. 21 February 2014. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile of Manohar Lal Khattar" (PDF). manoharlalkhattar.in. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  3. ^ "BJP and caste equation in Haryana". Livemint. 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ "The 'vulnerable Punjabi' in an unthinkable post in Haryana". The Indian Express. 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Profile: Manoharlal Khattar". MyNeta.com. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Who is Manohar Lal Khattar?". India Today. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  7. ^ Mohan, Archis (21 October 2014). "Evoking memories of lawless Chautala-regime helps BJP win Haryana". Arhis Mohan. Business Standard. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Bhajpa Ki Baat is the official magazine of the Bharatiya Janata Party". BJPHaryana.org. 5 October 2002. Archived from the original on 5 October 2002.
  9. ^ a b "Will accept decision of party's parliamentary board, says BJP's CM-post frontrunner Manohar Lal Khattar". Zee Media Bureau. Zee News. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Manohar Lal Khattar RSS & BJP Journey". BJPHaryana.org.
  11. ^ "BJP workers launch signature campaign against outsiders in Karnal". Anita Singh. Times of India. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Haryana elections: Khattar rides on Modi wave, Congress plays the outsider card in Karnal". IBN Live. Priyanka Rathi. 14 October 2014. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Manohar Lal Khattar to be sworn in as Haryana CM on October 26 in oath ceremony at panchkula". India Today. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  14. ^ "BJP chooses Manohar Lal Khattar as Haryana Chief Minister". The Economic Times. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Haryana govt formation updates: Manohar Lal Khattar sworn-in for 'second innings' as CM, Dushyant Chautala takes oath deputy CM". Firstpost. 27 October 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Manohar Lal Khattar takes oath as Haryana CM for second term, Dushyant Chautala as Dy CM". The Economic Times. 27 October 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Haryana: CM Khattar announces all-woman police stations for all districts". Hindustan Times. 2 May 2015. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Haryana govt to implement HRCOCA to check organised crime". Business Standard. PTI. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  19. ^ "Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar to launch seven e-services on May 2". DNA. 30 April 2015. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  20. ^ a b "India, Pakistan, Bangladesh can reunite, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar". The Indian Express. 26 July 2022.
  21. ^ PTI (7 January 2016). "'Haryana's child sex ratio improves to 889 girls per 1,000 boys'". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  22. ^ PTI (5 January 2016). "Memorial to be build [sic] for slain Commando Gursewak: Manohar Lal Khattar". The Economic Times. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  23. ^ Yadav, Jyoti (11 August 2019). "Haryana CM Khattar didn't say 'bring girls from Kashmir', but he sure found it funny". ThePrint. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  24. ^ "And Now Haryana's New CM Khattar Wants Girls to Dress "Decently"". The Citizen. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  25. ^ Roychoudhury, Shibaji (22 October 2014). "Manohar Lal Khattar, who blamed women for India's rising rapes, is new Haryana CM". Scroll.in. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  26. ^ "Manohar Lal Khattar: Haryana CM Khattar sparks controversy with rape remark". The Times of India. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
Preceded byBhupinder Singh Hooda Chief Minister of Haryana 26 October 2014 – present Succeeded byIncumbent