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Khattar trying to strike balance between his own party and allies

November 09, 2019 05:25 AM

COURTESYKhattar trying to strike balance between his own party and allies
CABINET FORMATION Delay in induction of council of ministers hampering governance
Hitender Rao

Chandigarh : Two weeks into government formation, the newly-stitched Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) alliance in Haryana which was expected to get going is dragging its feet due to an inordinate delay in plans to induct MLAs in the council of ministers. The hold-up also gives an insight into the compulsions and limitation a coalition government would have.

The delay in induction, officials said, was hampering the day-to-day administration in the state.

At the moment, only chief minister can be termed as a functional one-man cabinet since he holds the charge of all portfolios in the absence of any fresh inductions.

Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala remains a minister without a portfolio. With no ministers around, an involuntary centralisation has happened, affecting the efficiency of the administration adversely. “In the present situation, all the issues, howsoever minor, have to be tackled at the level of the chief minister. So this literally means that very little gets through,’’ said an official.

Both chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala were sworn in on October 27, three days after the assembly poll results threw up a hung assembly. The BJP as the single largest party with 40 MLAs entered into a coalition with the JJP to form the government. The BJP also claimed to have the support of seven Independents besides their post-poll ally JJP’s 10 MLAs.


While the government formation was a smooth affair, shaping the contours of Council of Ministers seems to be a major challenge for chief minister ML Khattar. Not only does Khattar have to take care of his own party men, he also needs to look after the demands of the ally JJP. While it is certain that the JJP will get only three berths, including Dushyant as deputy CM, in the council of ministers, the allocation of portfolios to Dushyant and his JJP colleagues remains an open-ended matter. From the JJP camp, besides Dushyant, second term MLAs, RK Gautam (Narnaund) and Anoop Dhanak (Uklana) are in contention for induction in the cabinet

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