BJP’s Kamal Gupta And JJP’s Devender Singh Babli Sworn In As Ministers

On Tuesday, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar added two MLAs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) (JJP). The BJP’s Hisar MLA Kamal Gupta and the JJP’s Devender Singh Babli, who represents Tohana in the Assembly, were welcomed into the Khattar cabinet in the second enlargement in two years.

Governor Bandaru Dattatreya gave the oath at a ceremony held at the Haryana Raj Bhavan here. Gupta took his oath in Sanskrit and Babli in Hindi.

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Among those in attendance were Khattar and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala. With the addition of the two MLAs, the Haryana council of ministers now has a total of 14 members, including the chief minister, which is the maximum number allowed.

Kamal Gupta And JJP's Devender Singh Babli Sworn
Kamal Gupta And JJP’s Devender Singh Babli Sworn

Previously, in November 2019, ten MLAs were sworn in as cabinet members, just days after the chief minister and his deputy were sworn in on October 27, 2019. The BJP now has ten ministers, including the chief minister, and the JJP has three, including the deputy chief minister, while Ranjit Singh Chautala is the lone Independent MLA admitted as a minister following Tuesday’s cabinet expansion.

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The BJP came up short of a simple majority in the Haryana Assembly elections in October 2019, garnering 40 of the 90 seats, and formed an alliance with the JJP, which has ten MLAs. With the help of JJP legislators and Independent MLAs, the BJP was able to form a government in the state.

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