Khattar a first time MLA, represents Karnal constituency in the Haryana assembly. He is Haryana’s first non-jat chief minister in 18 years. Khattar is the 10th chief minister of the state, which was created November 1, 1966.
60-year-old Khattar, a first-time MLA from Karnal and a non-jat leader known to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was administered the oath along with nine ministers by governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at a function attended by a galaxy of BJP leaders including the PM, party chief Amit Shah, Union ministers, chief ministers of BJP ruled states and veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
The six cabinet ministers are Kavita Jain, state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma, Abhimanyu, Om Parkash Dhankar, Anil Vij and Narbir Singh. Three others — Vikram Singh Thekedar, Krishan Kumar Bedi and Karan Dev Kamboj– are ministers of state (independent charge).
The chief ministers of BJP ruled states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well as Shiromani Akali Dal chief and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal were also present on the occasion.