BJP should have sent off Khattar in Haryana a little earlier


Generally, predicting the coming storms in the field of politics is a very difficult task. In other words, very few people know how to write the foreword of political storms… and those who know, do not get disturbed when storms come, but remain calm and happy but dynamic. If seen, something similar happened with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday. In fact, the events progressed in such a way that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached Gurugram on March 11, praised Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar profusely and by the afternoon of the next day, Khattar was out of the government or was removed as per his convenience. There is full scope for understanding here. It is noteworthy that while reminiscing about his old days spent with Khattar, Prime Minister Modi had openly talked about the progressive mindset of Manohar Lal. While sharing the stage with Khattar in Gurugram, he said, ‘Even when there was a time of sleeping on the carpet, we were together. At that time he (Khattar) had a motorcycle. We used to travel around Haryana riding on it. The Prime Minister said that Khattar used to drive a motorcycle and he used to sit pillion. We used to leave from Rohtak and stop at Gurugram.

It is surprising that the Prime Minister said these things on March 11 and suddenly on the morning of March 12, discussions started about the rift between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) and the resignation of Chief Minister Khattar. This news spread like a sensation in the world of visual media i.e. TV news and by the time it left its full impact, this news had reached its final conclusion. This means that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had been shown the way out. From a political point of view, Chief Minister Khattar had to go, in fact, if truth be told, he should have gone a little earlier. This would have given the new government ample time to face off among the public and build its image on the strength of its work. It is noteworthy that Khattar’s second term was to be completed in October this year. Obviously, assembly elections are going to be held in Haryana in October. In such a situation, BJP did not want to get involved in the riots in Haryana by relying on Swami Manohar Lal Khattar, who was 69 years old and appeared tired and easy-going. Not only this, Chief Minister Khattar’s lax behavior during the communal riots that took place in Haryana a few months ago has also been a major reason for his departure. In fact, the government’s image was tarnished due to his not being strict towards communal riots, which the BJP supremo did not like.

Apart from this, a major reason for Khattar’s removal is also being considered to be the factor of anti-incumbency against the Khattar government which held the reins of power in the state for almost 10 years. By the way, after the departure of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh, the departure of Manohar Lal Khattar was also considered almost certain, because the image of Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the Chief Minister in Madhya Pradesh was considered very good. Besides, his role in governance and administration was also beyond any kind of debate or doubt. Despite that, when he was made to sit, then how could Manohar Lal Khattar not be bid farewell. However, this time the party showed the way out of the government to both Shivraj Singh and Manohar Lal in the same manner. There are many similarities in both the incidents, such as the sudden removal of both of them, the selection of people close to both of them as Chief Ministers and the fact that both of them got the new Chief Ministers crowned with a smile, etc. However, there is a big difference between the two incidents and that is that there was a big difference in the smiles of the two former Chief Ministers. On one hand, behind Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s smile, the pain and regret of losing something could be clearly seen, on the other hand, Manohar Lal Khattar’s smile remained as easy, simple and polite as always. It is noteworthy that smiles have their own philosophy in politics. These smiles say a lot. Not only do they tell the pain and sorrow of the times left behind, they are also capable of describing the coming happiness and troubles.

If you notice, the same thing happened in both the above mentioned incidents. While Shivraj Singh Chouhan is angry and sad, Manohar Lal Khattar is happy and confident. Looking at the expressions of both the leaders after being removed from the post of Chief Minister, it seems that Shivraj Singh was unaware of his departure, whereas Manohar Lal knew that now his role in the state is over and Modi ji is at the Centre. The time has come to work with. However, the events progressed so rapidly that people were left entangled in the changing scenarios one after the other. People were surprised to think that on March 11, Madi ji praised Khattar, by the afternoon of 12, he was removed and by evening, Naib Singh Saini, a politician considered very close to him and who was once his subordinate, became the 11th leader of the state. Was made the Chief Minister. Let us tell you that Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is a big OBC face of BJP in Haryana. He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha from the BJP, representing the Kurukshetra constituency in Haryana. Saini was associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) before joining politics. While in the RSS, he met the then Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, shortly after which he joined the BJP.

Thus his political journey started as a BJP worker. After that he worked in many local level offices of the party in Haryana itself. In the year 2010, the party made him contest elections from Narayangarh constituency, in which he lost to Ramkishan Gurjar. Again in 2014, the party gave him ticket and this time he won by 24,361 votes. Later he was also made Minister of State in the Haryana Government. Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is considered the vote bank of OBCs for the party. As a loyal soldier of the party, he has been fulfilling whatever responsibility he has been given very efficiently for a long time. To reward his loyalty and work efficiency, he has been entrusted with such a huge responsibility by the central leadership of the party. Now he has very little time left. Talking about the assembly elections, they have only a maximum of seven months left to prepare for it, while not even that much time is left for the Lok Sabha elections. Obviously, in this remaining time, he will have to make every possible effort to live up to the trust of the party and the central leadership.

-Chetnaditya Alok

(Senior journalist, litterateur and political analyst, Ranchi)

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