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Manohar Lal Khattar resigns as MLA, asks new Haryana CM Nayab Singh Saini to contest from Karnal

The development has come just a day after Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana Cabinet resigned from their posts and a new BJP-led government under the leadership of Nayab Singh Saini took the oath of office.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: March 13, 2024 15:32 IST
Ex-Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar with newly appointed CM
Image Source : PTI Ex-Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar with newly appointed CM Nayab Singh Saini in Karnal

Former Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday resigned as MLA from Karnal and asked newly appointed CM Nayab Singh Saini to contest election from the seat.

Making a statement after the BJP passed the floor test in the Haryana Assembly, Manohar Lal Khattar said, "...I announce today that I am resigning from the post of MLA from Karnal Assembly seat. Now from today, our CM Nayab Saini will take over the responsibility of Karnal Assembly..."

Nayab Singh Saini praises Manohar Lal Khattar

Earlier today, Nayab Singh Saini praised his predecessor Manohar Lal Khattar in the state assembly for the works undertaken during his nine-year long tenure in the state.

Saini earlier moved a motion to seek a vote of confidence during the special session of the state assembly.

Speaking in the House, Saini said it is his first day in the House as the chief minister and the Leader of the House. The chief minister recalled his previous tenure being a member of the House during 2014-2019.

"When I was the MLA from 2014-2019, during that time I was told that I had to contest the Lok Sabha polls. At that time, I was a minister in the Haryana government. When the party desired, I contested the Lok Sabha polls then. When the party entrusted me with the new responsibility, I am here to take up the latest assignment," he said.

Saini said he comes from an ordinary background and no other member from the family was in the political field.

"The party gave me great honour. When they made an ordinary member state unit president of the BJP and then entrusted responsibility of the chief minister. This is possible only in the BJP," he said.

Praising the former chief minister, Saini said that he has learnt a lot from Khattar.

He said that Haryana presented a good governance model in the entire country under Khattar's leadership, adding several developmental works were undertaken by his dispensation.

"I come from that family where I have seen hard life and Khattar too comes from a similar background, " he said.

Saini thanked the party leadership for entrusting him with the new responsibility.

"It is the BJP which gave this responsibility to an ordinary worker," he said.

Saini also described Khattar as a "tapasvi", who dedicated his life to serving the people of the state during the past nine-and-a-half years. Even the opposition has been saying that Khattar enjoys a clean image, he said.

Saini talked about delivery of various services at citizens' doorsteps, especially the poor beneficiaries. He said that the BJP government in the state had brought transparency in the administration. He lauded Khattar for opening several portals for the benefit of citizens.

"Manohar Lal is a "saint" and he has given a lot to Haryana, strengthened it and it was his thinking that weaker sections and poor should get benefits at their doorsteps," he said.

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