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Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP govt’s first cabinet expansion in Haryana; 3 new ministers sworn in

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Chandigarh:  Nearly nine months after Haryana’s first BJP government was sworn in, the Manohar Lal Khattar government saw its first cabinet expansion on Thursday, with three new ministers being sworn in.

Krishan Lal Panwar has been inducted as a cabinet minister while Ghanshyam Saraf has been inducted as Minister of State (MoS) with independent charge. Nayab Singh Saini has been inducted as a MoS.

The oath of office and secrecy was administered to the new ministers by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at the Haryana Raj Bhawan.

Later, four BJP legislators were also sworn in as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries by Chief Minister Khattar.

They included Seema Trikha, Kamal Gupta, Shyam Singh Rana and B.S. Virk.

The Khattar government was sworn in in October last year after the BJP, for the first time, won a majority in the 90-member assembly on its own.

The BJP chose first-time legislator and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Manohar Lal Khattar to head its first government in the state.

Nine ministers, including six of cabinet rank and three ministers of state, were sworn in along with Khattar.

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

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BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)