Promoting austerity mantra, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has decided to establish a modest camp office away from the post localities of Karnal.
According to close aides of Khattar, the CM has made his mind to establish a local office on the Kachhwa Road, a suburban locality. Members of Khattar’s core team said the CM wanted to have a self-sustained place, which could also be projected as a role model for other legislators of the saffron party.
The CM had no property in Karnal and had taken a house at New Prem Nagar on rent. Khattar owns a 150 square yard house at Binyani village in Rohtak. Meanwhile, Khattar’s aides said the process was on to select an appropriate site in Karnal suburb, which would have ample space to accommodate visitors from different parts of the state.
“Instead of buying a property from the state exchequer, it has been planned that about 5 acres of land would be taken on five-year lease. A piece of land would be used to meet the daily needs of vegetables, etc., to meet visitors’ food requirements,” said a source. Born at Nindana village of Rohtak in 1954, Khattar, a national leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, contested election for the first time in the recent assembly polls and was elected from Karnal.
After Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966, it is for the first time that a chief minister has been elected from north Haryana. Khattar is a registered voter at Kalanaur in his home district Rohtak and he could not vote in Karnal, the constituency from where he won with an impressive margin in the assembly polls.
‘Blueprint being prepared’
“A blueprint of the new CM’s camp office in Karnal is being prepared. Despite being a member of the national executive of the BJP, Khattar is known for living an austere life. He has already spoken his mind on putting no extra expenditure on tax payers,” a source said.
According to political observers, Khattar, who was termed by various political parties, including a large section of Karnal unit of the BJP, as an “outsider”, had taken a house on rent at New Prem Nagar as part of a calculated political strategy to win over voters in Prem Nagar, Ram Nagar and other localities.