Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda congratulates Khattar govt

Congratulating the newly-formed government in the state, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday said that he hopes the speed of development which the previous government had brought will be maintained.

Chandigarh: Congratulating the newly-formed government in the state, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday said that he hopes the speed of development which the previous government had brought will be maintained.

“I congratulate the new government in Haryana and hope that the speed of development we brought is maintained,” said Hooda.

Hooda, who was not invited in the oath taking ceremony of Manohar Lal Khattar, said that had he been invited he would have thought about it.

Khattar, a low-profile organisation man with active RSS background, was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Haryana, where BJP has formed government for the first time on its own.

60-year-old Khattar, a first-time MLA from Karnal and a non-Jat leader known to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was administered the oath along with nine ministers by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at a function here attended by a galaxy of BJP leaders including the PM, party chief Amit Shah, Union ministers, Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states and veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

The six cabinet ministers are Kavita Jain, state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma, Abhimanyu, Om Parkash Dhankar, Anil Vij and Narbir Singh. Three others -- Vikram Singh Thekedar, Krishan Kumar Bedi and Karan Dev Kamboj-- are ministers of state (independent charge).

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, whose party SAD had opposed the BJP during the assembly elections despite being an NDA constituent, also attended the ceremony.

Among Union Ministers who were present were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Shipping and Transport Krishan Pal Gujjar, Mminister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, Minister of State of External Affairs V K Singh and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar.

Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states including Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje from Rajasthan and Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel were also present on the occasion.

(With Agency inputs)

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