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BJP's D P Vats files nomination, set to under RS 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 and is set to enter the unopposed.

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.

Later, when Vats was present in the visitors' gallery of the state Assembly for a brief period to watch the proceedings of the Budget Session, informed the House that only one nomination was filed today, the last day of filing papers.

Khattar said once the results are declared, Vats was set to be elected to the unopposed. No other candidate had filed the nomination papers for the seat.

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

He served as the 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.

Talking to reporters here, 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)".

"By training and conviction, a soldier is a nationalist," Vats said 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

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 the PM, and Khattar for reposing faith and confidence in him.

Haryana's thanked his party's senior leadership for nominating Vats. 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. 20:10 IST