From Haryana CM to Union Minister

Seasoned BJP veteran Manohar Lal Khattar has been appointed as the new Housing and Urban Affairs Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet. At the age of 70, Khattar is moving from his previous role as Haryana chief minister to replace Hardeep Singh Puri, who will retain his position as minister of petroleum and natural gas.

Known for his staunch association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since 1977 and as a permanent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1994, Khattar will now head crucial government projects. His portfolio includes the Prime Minister Awas Yojna, Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and the ambitious Central Vista redevelopment plan. This redevelopment will renew the country’s electricity corridor with new infrastructure such as a new parliament building and a common central secretariat.

During his political journey, Khattar became Haryana’s first non-Jat prime minister, breaking a long-standing political norm. His rise in the political arena, loyal ties with Modi and strategic victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections underline his influence and steadfast commitment to the party.

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