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ML Khattar frontrunner for CM post in Haryana?

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Chandigarh: While there are many aspirants, the BJP top brass has reportedly made up its mind to hand over the reins of Haryana to a non-Jat.

Prominent among the hopefuls are state president Ram Bilas Sharma, former RSS leader Manohar Lal Khattar and BJP legislature party leader Anil Vij.

Reports said that the newly elected BJP legislators will meet here Tuesday and elect their leader who will be the next chief minister.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader Dinesh Sharma are the central observers deputed by the party’s parliamentary board.

BJP won 47 seats in the 90-member Assembly, which was by far the saffron party’s best ever-performance in the state’s 48-year-old history.

The elections proved that “Modi wave” had not waned in Haryana despite Congress and INLD’s claims to the contrary.

The possibility of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj being brought back to the state in case of too many aspirants staking claim has not been ruled out.

Swaraj had contested the polls under the banner of Janata Party which was formed after the Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975. She was elected from Ambala Cantt Assembly constituency in the 1977 polls when the Janata Party had won 75 of the 90 seats.

BJP just before the elections had dumped its ally Kuldeep Bishnoi-led HJC-BL with which it had contested the recent Lok Sabha election.

It is for the first time that BJP has gained majority in Haryana on its own as in the past occasions it had played second fiddle to parties like INLD, with whom it was in alliance earlier.

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