Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday took the oath of Haryana’s chief minister for the second term after the BJP formed an alliance with Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party. Dushyant was sworn in as the state’s new deputy chief minister.
Dushyant extending support to the BJP followed the release of the former’s father, Ajay Chautala, from the Tihar jail on furlough for two weeks. Speaking after his release from the jail, Ajay Chautala said that this there ‘could not have been a better Diwali than this.’
“What can be a better occasion for a father, than this? Congress can say anything they want to but this govt will go on for 5 years and work for the development of Haryana. There could not have been a better Diwali than this,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
Ajay Chautala, father of Haryana Dy CM Dushyant Chautala: What can be a better occasion for a father, than this? Congress can say anything they want to but this govt will go on for 5 years & work for the development of Haryana. There could not have been a better Diwali than this https://t.co/R0qyKsXvl1 pic.twitter.com/TLxcXD2WBt
— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2019
This was after Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress lashed out at the JJP calling its alliance with the BJP an act of ‘selfishness.’ He was quoted as saying, “Alliance has been forged in manner of ‘vote kisi ki, support kisi ko’. This govt is based on selfishness. JJP disrespected people’s mandate. We had less time after changes in our org.Had the changes been made earlier, results would’ve been different.”
The BJP had failed to secure the majority in Haryana’s 90-member assembly. Dushyant’s JJP, which won 10 seats, had fought the elections campaigning against the BJP. However, on Friday, he stunned many of his own supporters by meeting Home Minister Amit Shah to pledge his support to the BJP.