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Manohar Lal Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM today, Modi likely to attend the ceremony

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land at the Chandigarh Airport from where he will drive down to the venue, officials said.

Updated:October 26, 2014, 7:27 AM IST
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Manohar Lal Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM today, Modi likely to attend the ceremony
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land at the Chandigarh Airport from where he will drive down to the venue, officials said.

Chandigarh: It is a big day for Haryana on Sunday as Bharatiya Janata Party's Karnal MLA Manohar Lal Khattar will take oath as the state's Chief Minister. The swearing-in ceremony will take place in Panchkula at HUDA ground in Sector 5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Ministers of all BJP-ruled states and other senior leaders of the party will be present at the ceremony.

This is after 15 years that the state has a non-Jat Chief Minister after having Jat Chief Ministers for three terms consecutively.

Khattar was an RSS worker from 1980 to 1994 and then joined the BJP. Sources say he is a close aide of PM Narendra Modi. Riding on the Modi wave, Khattar, a bachelor above the age of 60, was confident of winning the Karnal seat and he did by a huge margin.

"Prime Minister, BJP chief Amit Shah, some Union Cabinet Ministers, CMs of the BJP ruled states and senior leaders among others would attend the function," Haryana BJP spokesman Vir Kumar Yadav said on Saturday.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would also attend the oath taking ceremony of the Khattar at Panchkula in Haryana.

Among other leaders, outgoing Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has also been invited.

Elaborate arrangements have been made for today's function, which in addition to the presence of top dignitaries is going to see huge rush of the BJP workers.

Haryana Chief Secretary Shakuntala Jakhu and Director General of Police SN Vashisht, Panchkula's Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia held a meeting to review the arrangements for the function.

Tight security measures have been put in place, with over 3,000 cops being deployed. Haryana BJP leaders claim that nearly 1 lakh people were expected to attend the function. Roads leading to the HUDA ground were being given a facelift.

The Prime Minister will land at the Chandigarh Airport from where he will drive down to the venue, officials said.

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