Chief Minister’s Profile
Manohar Lal-Chief Minister Haryana
First-time MLA and first-time Chief Minister, Manohar Lal was born on May 5, 1954 in Nindana village of Rohtak district. He was elected from the Karnal Assembly constituency in the Assembly elections, 2014.
Forced out of their home during the Partition, his family made its way to India in 1947, arriving almost empty-handed. Manohar Lal’s father and grandfather took to farming for survival sake.
Starting schooling at the age of six, Manohar Lal displayed his brilliance early. He was in the forefront of all debates, discussions and school activities, and also excelled in academics.
Keen on pursuing a medical degree, Manohar Lal started scouting for colleges. He enrolled himself in Neki Ram Sharma Government College, Rohtak and became the first member of his family to study beyond Class X. With a view to preparing for medical entrance test, Manohar Lal made his way to Delhi, initiating a chain of events that transformed his life.
Despite pressure from his family to stick to farming as a profession, Manohar Lal took to business and simultaneously graduated from Delhi University. In 1977, he decided to join the RSS at the young age of 24 years.
Having joined the RSS as a full-time Pracharak, he has rendered 40 years of active and dedicated public service to the RSS and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After 14 years of service to the RSS, Manohar Lal was moved to the BJP in 1994 and made Sangathan Mahamantri in Haryana.
He has dedicated his life to public service and is known for his political acumen. He played the role of a master strategist and successfully led many electoral campaigns, the last being the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections in Haryana as Chairman of the Election Committee. He has been selflessly working behind the scenes in key party positions that earned him the reputation of a tough task master. He stayed in the forefront of innumerable social projects and humanitarian efforts.
His tenure as Haryana’s Sangathan Mahamantri established him as a strategist par excellence, an able and firm-handed administrator, and a man who has a keen sense of state’s politics. It was in 1996 when Manohar Lal was actively working in Haryana that he first began working with the Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi, who was then in charge of Haryana. In 2002, Manohar Lal was given charge of Jammu and Kashmir as the State’s election in-charge.
Apart from his crucial role in the party’s success in states like Punjab, Haryana and Chhattisgarh, Manohar Lal was given prominent roles in various elections in different states where he delivered results. In 2004, Manohar Lal found himself in-charge of 12 states, including Delhi and Rajasthan.
Immediately thereafter, he was entrusted with the responsibility of being Regional Sangathan Mahamantri for five states – Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh. His tenure brought the party several successes in these states, underlining Manohar Lal’s exceptional decision-making skills and inherent political acumen. It was during this time that BJP won 11 seats for the first time in Jammu& Kashmir.
A follower of the dictum “Seva Pratham”, Manohar Lal headed the Antyodaya Yojana for BJP at the national level. It symbolised the belief of the party’s ideology and the effort to elevate those in the lowest rung of society. He has always been in the forefront of any social causes that required attention, including the rescue and rehabilitation efforts, like the one during the floods in Kakrola village, near Delhi’s Dwarka area, in 1978 and the earthquakes that rocked Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat.
When he was Pracharak at Rohtak, the district encountered floods that forced people out of their homes and caused extensive damage. The efforts to ensure security and food for the people were spearheaded by him. During the earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri and Poonch districts, the whole place was devastated, and once again, Manohar Lal was continuously involved in the rescue operations that included evacuating victims, arranging for their food, housing and rehabilitation.
For the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, Manohar Lal was appointed Chairman of the Election Campaign Committee, Haryana which led to the party’s thumping success and played a key role in changing the course of the country’s history. He contested the election for the first time from the Karnal Assembly constituency and won it by 63,773 votes. He was unanimously elected leader of BJP Party MLAs on October 21, 2014. He took oath as Chief Minister on October 26, 2014. It is for the first time in the history of Haryana that a first-time MLA has become the Chief Minister.
Manohar Lal’s agenda promises not only a better Haryana, but also a unique state that leads in various fields, is acknowledged internationally, and sets an example for other states to follow.