CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday expanded his cabinet by inducting one MLA each from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP). In the second expansion in two years, BJP’s Hisar MLA Kamal Gupta and JJP MLA Devendra Singh Babli, who represents Tohana in the assembly, were inducted into the Khattar cabinet.
Governor Bandaru Dattatreya administered the oath to him at a function held at Haryana Raj Bhavan here. Gupta took oath in Sanskrit while Babli took oath in Hindi.
Khattar and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and others were present on the occasion. With the joining of two MLAs, the strength of the Haryana Council of Ministers has gone up to 14 including the Chief Minister, which is the upper limit.
Earlier, 10 MLAs were inducted into the cabinet in November 2019, a few days after the Chief Minister and his deputy were sworn in on October 27, 2019. After Tuesday’s cabinet expansion, the BJP has 10 ministers, including the chief minister, and the JJP has. Three ministers, including the deputy chief minister, while Ranjit Singh Chautala is the only independent MLA who has been inducted as ministers.
The BJP won 40 out of 90 seats in the October 2019 Haryana Assembly elections, and later forged an alliance with the JJP, which has 10 MLAs. The BJP formed the government in the state with the support of JJP MPs and independent MLAs.