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Manohar Lal Khattar

Date of Birth: 5 May 1954
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Occupation: Chief Minister of Haryana
Career Start: 1977
Residence: Rohtak district, Haryana, India
Education: Bachelor's degree from Delhi University

History of The Candidate

Manohar Lal Khattar was born in 1954 in Nindana village of Meham Chobisi tehsil in Rohtak district of East Punjab (Now In Haryana). His father, Harbans Lal Khattar, migrated to an Area of East Punjab (now Haryana) from Jhang district of West Punjab Pakistan following the Partition of India in 1947. His family initially settled in the Banyani village of Rohtak district and took up farming.
Khattar completed his matriculation (final year of high school) from Pandit Neki Ram Sharma Government College, Rohtak.He then moved to Delhi, and ran a shop near Sadar Bazar while completing his bachelor’s degree from Delhi University.

Political Career

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

During 2000–2014, Khattar was Organizational General Secretary of the BJP in Haryana. He was the Chairman of BJP’s Haryana Election Campaign Committee for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Subsequently, he became a member of BJP’s National Executive Committee.

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. 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. Khatter win elections by heavy margin.
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 belongs to Arora Community which is one of the branches of Khatri Caste. He became the BJP’s first Chief Minister of Haryana after his swearing-in ceremony on 26 October 2014.

All the Promises Made by The Party

– Jammu & Kashmir – Article 370

The Manifesto read: We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.

– Reinforcing Border Security
The manifesto read: We have completed building six integrated check-posts with another under construction to facilitate easier trade and travel from the neighboring countries. We will further ease the movement of goods and people by constructing 14 more integrated check-posts by 2024. After completion of all the proposed integrated check-posts, all trade movement with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will be conducted through the integrated check-posts.

– Doubling farmers’ income

The manifesto read: At the very beginning of our current term, Prime Minister Modi embarked on a mission to double farmers’ income. We will make all efforts to achieve this goal by 2022.

The manifesto promised:

25 lakh crore investment in Agri-rural sector – We are committed to making an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector.

Interest-free Kisan Credit Card loans – We will provide sho-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.

– Citizenship Amendment Bill

The manifesto read: We are committed to the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority communities from neighboring countries escaping persecution. We will make all efforts to clarify the issues to the sections of population from the Northeastern states who have expressed apprehensions regarding the legislation. We reiterate our commitment to protect the linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of Northeast. Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping persecution from India’s neighboring countries will be given citizenship in India.

– Zero-Tolerance Approach to Terrorism

The Manifesto read: Our security doctrine will be guided by our national security interest only. This is exemplified by the Surgical Strikes and the Air Strikes carried out recently. We will firmly continue our policy of Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.

– National Security

The manifesto read: Strengthening our Armed Forces – We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense-related equipment and weapons. In order to equip the Armed Forces with modern equipment, we will continue to take focused steps to strengthen the strike capability of the Armed Forces.

– Welfare of Soldiers

The manifesto read: We have already demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of our veterans with the implementation of long-delayed OROP. To take this commitment forward, we promise to create a more effective framework for the resettlement of our Armed Forces veterans. Under this effort, the Armed Forces will start planning for the resettlement of soldiers three years before their retirement and in accordance with their preferences. This will include provision for skills training, so skills training, financial support for higher education, for housing and for staring an enterprise.

– Combating Infiltration

The manifesto read: There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people’s livelihood and employment. We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority. In future we will implement the NRC in a phased manner in other pas of the country

– Ram Mandir

The Manifesto read: We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary efforts to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

– Uniform Civil Code

The Manifesto read – Article 44 of the Constitution of India lists Uniform Civil Code as one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.

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