NEW DELHI :
Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as the chief minister of Haryana for a second consecutive term on Sunday, three days after the assembly elections in the state concluded with a hung mandate.
The swearing in ceremony took place a day after Khattar was elected as the legislative party leader of BJP. The meeting of BJP legislators had taken place on Saturday in Chandigarh.
Along with Khattar, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala also took oath, he will become the deputy chief minister of the state. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fell short of a majority after it could only win 40 out of the 90 assembly seats.
The crucial support to BJP came from five independent Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and 10 members of JJP.
"Until yesterday the Congress leaders were saying that the BJP-JJP alliance is against people's mandate. We have come after winning against them too. Congress could not gather the numbers," said Digvijay Chautala of Jannayak Janta Party (JJP).
The ruling BJP has made history by returning to power for a consecutive term. This is the first time that BJP has managed to for government again after coming to power in 2014 assembly polls.
"What can be a better occasion for a father, than this? Congress can say anything they want to but this govt will go on for 5 years and work for the development of Haryana. There could not have been a better Diwali," said Ajay Chautala, father of Haryana deputy CM.
Meanwhile, Congress has criticised the alliance between BJP and JJP and senior leaders of the party have described it as selfish.
"The alluance and the government have been forged based on selfishness. JJP disrespected people's mandate. We had less time after changes in our organisation. If the changes had been made earlier, results would have been different," said Bhupinder Singh Hoods, senior leader of Congress and former chief minister of Haryana.