While filing his nomination, 67-year-old Vats was accompanied by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, many Cabinet colleagues including Ram Bilas Sharma and Abhimanyu, and BJP legislators from the state.
The biennial elections would be held on March 23 and today was the last date for filing nominations.
"By training and conviction, a soldier is a nationalist," Vats told reporters before filing his papers and added that a nation where a soldier was respected remained safe and secure.
Once elected, he said, he would raise issues of national importance and never indulge in any kind of petty politics. Vats said that he belonged to a family of farmers and had even played a role in "creating modern outlook of the Khaps (or caste councils)".
He appealed to the people to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, he said, was leading the nation on the path of progress.
"I also appeal to all to strengthen the hands of the BJP which is a symbol of the country's development, and give majority to the party in next elections as well to help maintain the momentum of growth," he said.
Haryana's Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma thanked his party's senior leadership in nominating Vats on the occasion. He said former Army chief General V K Singh who was given a Cabinet berth in the Modi cabinet also belonged to the state.
Sharma said Haryana constituted just 2 per cent of the country's land mass, but formed nearly 11 per cent of the nation's armed forces strength.
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