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Haryana governor invites BJP-led coalition to form govt; swearing-in on Sunday

The BJP on October 26 staked claim to form the government in Haryana with the support of the Dushyant Chautala-led Jananayak Janta Party (JJP), party sources said in Chandigarh.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Manohar Lal Khattar and State party chief Subhash Barala, met Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya for staking claim to form the government.

“The Haryana Governor has invited us to form the government on Sunday,” Mr. Khattar said.

He added that the oath-taking ceremony will take place at 2.15 p.m. on October 27, the day Diwali will be celebrated across the country.

JJP leader Dushyant Chautala also met the Governor and gave his party’s letter of support to him.

The JJP has extended support to the BJP.

Mr. Khattar added that a total of 57 MLAs — 40 of the BJP, 10 of the JJP and seven Independents — staked claim before the Governor for forming the government in Haryana.

Mr. Prasad and BJP general secretary Arun Singh were present as the party’s central observers.

Some of the Independent MLAs, who have pledged their unconditional support to the saffron party, were also present.

Notably, the BJP has said it will not take the support of Sirsa MLA Gopal Kanda, a controversial politician who faces two abetment-to-suicide cases, for forming the government in Haryana.

Earlier, Mr. Khattar was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP’s legislative party in Haryana, with the BJP claiming that it would provide a “stable and honest” government in Haryana with the support of the JJP.

The BJP also clarified that there would be only one Deputy Chief Minister in the party-led coalition government in the State.

Source: thehindu.com

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