Manohar Lal Khattar, who is stated to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was today unanimously elected Leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his becoming the first Chief Minister of the saffron party in Haryana. 60-year-old Khattar is also the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the state.
Stage is set for Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana on Wednesday (October 15), one of the biggest electoral tests after the Lok Sabha polls for Narendra Modi, who spearheaded a high-decibel BJP campaign to wrest power from the opposition in what promises to be a close contest. Maharashtra will witness a five-cornered contest for the 288-member House while Congress, BJP and INLD will fight for 90 seats in Haryana. About 98.7 million voters will cast their votes to decide the fate of Congress government in both the states.
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