MANOHAR Lal Khattar has been a simple social worker who enjoyed his life working with the RSS for 40 years. He had never dreamt of becoming chief minister of a state as volatile as Haryana. Politics has its own intrigues and it does not spare anybody. Sources say the central BJP leadership is introspecting on whether the party has committed a gaffe by appointing Khattar as chief minister. There is no clarity on how and by whom the government is being run. The BJP leadership of Haryana does not know what to do. Haryana has a great advantage as a central office for any political party but Khattar is far from being able to handle issues. BJP President Amit Shah and Khattar appear to be at loggerheads. Shah desires fast-paced delivery of the political agenda in the state which is not happening. Khattar has to deal with cabinet colleagues who openly defy him. Anil Vij, Health Minister and close confidant of Shah, never hides his animosity towards Khattar. Ram Bilas Sharma, Minister for Transport and a BJP veteran, has his own traits and ambitions. The shrewdest of all is industrialist and Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu Singh, who is also close to Shah. Singh is a politician to watch out for in Haryana. He has recently announced an excise policy that has resulted in whisky and beer in Haryana being more expensive than in Delhi. There is a lot of discussion over the reason for the increased price. Who is patronising Singh? There’s much to look out for in pot-boiling Haryana.
VOL. 9, ISSUE 2 | May 2015