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BJP's D P Vats files nomination for RS seat from Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Retired D P Vats, who was chosen by the BJP as its nominee for the lone seat in Haryana, today filed his nomination papers.

The seat is being vacated by member

While filing his nomination, 67-year-old Vats was accompanied by Manohar Lal Khattar, many Cabinet colleagues including and Abhimanyu, and BJP legislators from the state.

The ruling BJP has 47 MLAs in the 90-member House and it is set to win the seat comfortably. The INLD has 19 members, the 17, the BSP and the one each. There are 5 Independents.

Vats, who hailed from Hisar, had also served as and commandant of the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College,

He served as of the Public Service Commission between May 2011 and April 2012 during the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government in the state.

Before Vats' name was announced for the seat, the names of party's from the state Ganeshi Lal, former Mahendragarh and BJP's were doing rounds.

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 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 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.

Earlier, Vats thanked Modi, and Khattar for reposing faith and confidence in him.

Haryana's thanked his party's senior leadership in nominating Vats on the occasion. He said former V K Singh who was given a Cabinet berth in the Modi cabinet also belonged to the state.

Sharma said 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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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 15:30 IST