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Who is Manohar Lal Khattar?

Manohar Lal Khattar

About Manohar Lal Khattar

Who is Manohar Lal Khattar?

Manohar Lal Khattar is an Indian politician who is the Union Minister of Power and also holds the Housing and Urban Affairs portfolio under the newly formed regime after the recent Lok Sabha election, he has previously served as the Chief Minister of Haryana from 2014 till March, 2024. Khattar won the Karnal seat in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections with 54.93 per cent of vote share, defeating Congress candidate Divyanshu Budhiraja. Born on May 5, 1954, in Rohtak district, Haryana, Khattar comes from an agricultural background. His journey from a small village to becoming the leader of one of India's most economically significant states.

Khattar completed his early education in his village before moving to Rohtak for higher studies. He graduated from Neki Ram Sharma Government College in Rohtak. This period of his life instilled in him a deep understanding of the challenges faced by rural and middle-class families, which would later influence his political ideology and governance style. Before entering politics full-time, Khattar had a diverse career path. He worked as a shop assistant and later became a businessman. However, his inclination towards social service and nationalist ideology led him to join the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1977. His involvement with the RSS played a crucial role in shaping his political philosophy and organizational skills.
Political career
Khattar's political journey began in earnest when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1994. He quickly rose through the party ranks, demonstrating his organizational capabilities and commitment to the party's ideology. His efficient management of party affairs and ability to connect with grassroots workers caught the attention of senior BJP leaders, including PM Modi. The turning point in Khattar's political career came in 2014 when the BJP decided to field him as a candidate in the Haryana Assembly elections. Despite being a first-time contestant, he won from the Karnal constituency with a significant margin. His victory coincided with the BJP's first-ever majority in Haryana, leading to his surprising elevation as the state's Chief Minister.
As Chief Minister, Khattar has focused on several key areas, including transparency in governance, digital initiatives, and rural development. His administration has been credited with implementing various welfare schemes and pushing for infrastructure development. However, his tenure has not been without challenges, including handling of law and order situations. He is known for his simple lifestyle and accessibility to the public, traits that have endeared him to many voters. His background as an RSS 'pracharak' (full-time worker) has influenced his governance style.
Under Khattar's leadership, Haryana has seen significant economic growth and improvement in ease of doing business rankings. His government has focused on attracting investments and promoting Haryana as a business-friendly state. Khattar's tenure has also been marked by some controversies, particularly regarding his handling of certain law and order situations and some of his public statements. Despite these challenges, he has managed to maintain his position and was re-elected as Chief Minister in 2019, showcasing his political resilience and the BJP's continued trust in his leadership.

Latest Updates on Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana govt transfers 12 IAS officers, Anurag Rastogi named new home secy

In addition, as additional chief secretary, Rastogi will continue to hold his finance and planning departments

Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 7:13 AM IST

Haryana CM Saini along with cabinet ministers to visit Ayodhya today

"Today we have also got this opportunity that today all the ministers of our cabinet are going to Ayodhya to have darshan of Lord Shri Ram," CM Saini said while addressing a press conference

Updated On : 24 Jun 2024 | 9:38 AM IST

Can Congress be third-time lucky in upcoming Haryana Assembly polls?

Dushyant Chautala's Jannayak Janta Party is outvoted by NOTA as Congress secures five Lok Sabha seats. ARCHIS MOHAN writes

Updated On : 23 Jun 2024 | 10:54 PM IST

Counter falsehood being spread by Congress: Khattar to BJP workers

Khattar asked party workers to keep working on the ground for the October Haryana assembly polls as they had did during the Lok Sabha elections

Updated On : 14 Jun 2024 | 8:49 PM IST

Modi 3.0: Two-time CM Manohar Lal Khattar to balance power with housing

Khattar, considered close to PM since their time together in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, will be taking over two ministries that will shape the socio-economic growth of the country

Updated On : 11 Jun 2024 | 12:04 AM IST

From RSS worker to Union minister, ex-Haryana CM Khattar begins new innings

Contesting his first Lok Sabha polls from Karnal, Khattar defeated Congress's Divyanshu Budhiraja by an impressive margin of over 2.35 lakh votes

Updated On : 09 Jun 2024 | 10:23 PM IST

Haryana CM Nayab Saini administered oath by Speaker Gian Chand Gupta

Saini recently defeated his main rival, Congress's Tarlochan Singh to win the bye-poll for the Karnal Assembly seat, which was earlier held by party colleague Manohar Lal Khattar

Updated On : 06 Jun 2024 | 12:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha results: Trends indicate a strong hand for Congress in Haryana

Congress' Varun Chaudhry is leading in Ambala, Kumari Selja in Sirsa, Jai Parkash in Hisar, Deepender Singh Hooda in Rohtak and Raj Babbar in Gurgaon

Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 12:13 PM IST

LS polls: Voting in Haryana for 10 seats on Saturday, ex-CM Khattar in fray

The BJP had won all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana in the 2019 general elections

Updated On : 24 May 2024 | 2:49 PM IST

Those injured in bus fire will receive best treatment: Haryana CM Saini

Former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident

Updated On : 18 May 2024 | 2:18 PM IST

LS polls: Khattar takes on Congress' youth leader Budhiraja in Karnal

Though 19 candidates are in the fray from the Karnal parliamentary seat, the contest is mainly between Khattar and Haryana Youth Congress president Divyanshu Budhiraja

Updated On : 15 May 2024 | 12:01 PM IST

Haryana crisis: Trust vote looms over Saini govt; what numbers say. Updates

The BJP govt in Haryana led by Nayab Saini is short of two MLAs in the 90-member assembly after three Independent MLAs withdrew their support to the govt

Updated On : 12 May 2024 | 11:03 AM IST

Congress seeks dismissal of BJP govt, prez rule, fresh polls in Haryana

BJP's Jawahar Yadav said there was no danger to the BJP government in the state

Updated On : 08 May 2024 | 2:13 PM IST

Jobs used to be on sale during Congress rule in Haryana, says Khattar

Khattar said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments at the Centre and in the state have undertaken development work in various spheres

Updated On : 07 May 2024 | 1:15 PM IST

Some people have made me stranger in my party: Ex Haryana min Anil Vij

Vij has confined his electioneering in the Lok Sabha polls to the Ambala Cantonment constituency

Updated On : 02 May 2024 | 7:11 AM IST

6 students killed, nearly 20 injured as school bus overturns in Haryana

Preliminary reports suggest that the bus overturned while overtaking a vehicle in Kanina town

Updated On : 11 Apr 2024 | 12:41 PM IST

Slew of resignations rock JJP's boat ahead of Lok Sabha elections

The party's political future seems in jeopardy after its coalition with BJP ended last month

Updated On : 10 Apr 2024 | 3:58 PM IST

Highlights: PM Modi, other BJP leaders meet to pick candidates for LS polls

From Kejriwal's arrest to portfolio allocation in Haryana govt, catch all the latest news from around the world here

Updated On : 23 Mar 2024 | 10:44 PM IST

Haryana CM Saini allocates portfolios, keeps home ministry with himself

The portfolios were allocated late Friday night

Updated On : 23 Mar 2024 | 7:09 AM IST

Haryana CM Nayab Singh Saini to carry out first cabinet expansion today

Haryana can have a maximum of 14 ministers, including the chief minister. At present, the Haryana Cabinet has five ministers -- four from the BJP and one Independent -- apart from the CM

Updated On : 19 Mar 2024 | 12:25 PM IST