Haryana CM hold discussions on induction of 11 ministers: Three berths likely for both JJP , independents

Manohar Lal Khattar

Chandigarh, Nov 3 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy Dushyant Chautala on Sunday held consultation about the induction of his council of ministers, which is likely to take place this week. The council of Ministers would be constituted after a three-day special Assembly session that has been called in the State capital Chandigarh on November 4.

It will take at least a week more for the induction of 11 Ministers in the Cabinet, a senior BJP legislator said. There may be some understanding of giving three berths to both the JJP and independents and the BJP wants to keep the remaining eight posts in the council of ministers for itself, said a source.

On the first day of the session, all 90 legislators will take oath of office. On the second and the third day, there will be the Governor”s address and the reply to his address, respectively.

Khattar and Dushyant took the oath on October 27 after a post-poll alliance.

The JJP, as per its poll manifesto promise, is giving priority for implementing 75 per cent reservation for youth of Haryana in private jobs.

“We are going to bring a Bill in the next Vidhan Sabha (winter) session, enabling job reservation of 75 per cent in private jobs,” Dushyant told media here.

He said both the JJP and the BJP have agreed upon putting in place a common minimum programme by constituting a panel comprising two MLAs, one from each party, members of the manifesto committees of both the parties and government functionalities.

“Both the JJP and the BJP have almost 60 per cent common points in their manifestos,” Dushyant added.

“We (the JJP and the BJP) will ensure to give corruption-free government,” the 31-year-old Dushyant, a business administration graduate from California State University, said.

Sources said the JJP, besides the Deputy Chief Minister’s post, has been eyeing crucial portfolios of Home, Finance, Excise and Taxation.

It is learnt that senior BJP leaders like six-time legislator Anil Vij, who earlier was Health and Sports Minister, is not happy with the party’s portfolio-sharing formula with the JJP. He has been eyeing the Deputy Chief Minister’s post for his seniority.

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