Well-literate MLAs with modest financial backgrounds inducted into Khattar’s Cabinet

Among all the ministers sworn-in, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is the poorest with merely Rs. 8.6 lakh worth assets.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: October 27, 2014 8:32 am
haryana2 Among all the ministers sworn-in, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is the poorest with merely Rs. 8.6 lakh worth assets. (Source: Jaipal Singh)

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Cabinet comprises of well-literate Ministers. While four out of the nine ministers are post graduates, three are law graduates and two graduates.

The four ministers sworn-in on Sunday who hold post graduation degrees include  Kavita Jain (MLA from Sonipat), who holds a post graduation degree in  Commerce (M.Com) with a Bachelors degree in Education (B.Ed); Krishan Kumar  (MLA from Shahbad) holds a post graduation degree in Sciences (M.Sc); Karan Dev Kamboj (MLA from Indri) holds a degree of post graduation in arts (M.A) and a law degree; and Om Prakash Dhankar (MLA from Badli) holds a post-graduation degree in Arts and Education (M.A and M.Ed).

Capt. Abhimanyu (MLA from Narnaund) is pursuing a business management course from Harvard University and holds a law degree, and Ram Bilas Sharma (MLA from Mahendergarh) also holds a law degree. Ambala Canontment’s MLA Anil Vij is a graduate in sciences (B.Sc), while Bikram Singh Thekedar (MLA from Kosli) is a graduate in arts (B.A.).

Capt. Abhimanyu is the richest among all the ministers with declared assets of more than Rs. 74.8 crores. Interestingly, he owns eight vehicles in his  name and three in his spouse’s name. Among all the ministers sworn-in, Khattar is the poorest with merely Rs. 8.6 lakh worth assets.

The other Ministers including Kavita Jain has declared her assets at Rs. 2.5 crores, Anil Vij Rs. 86 lacs, Rambilas Sharma Rs. 3.15 crores, Bikram Singh Rs. 1.34 crores, Om Prakash Dhankar Rs. 58 lacs, Narbir Singh Rs. 42.8 crores, Krishan Kumar Rs. 22.62 lac and Karan Dev Kamboj Rs. 4.3 crores.

Infact, before Khattar’s name was cleared as Chief Minister in the BJP’s  legislature party meet, four out of the six Cabinet Ministers were being considered as front-runners for the CM’s post. These include Capt Abhimanyu, Rambilas Sharma, Anil Vij and Om Prakash Dhankar. However, the party chose Khattar, an RSS pracharak and Modi’s close confidant, as its Chief Ministerial candidate and the rest were accommodated by giving them cabinet berths.

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