Jai Ram Thakur will be new CM of Himachal Pradesh

Geneva Matthews
December 26, 2017

Former BJP state unit president and five-time MLA Jairam Thakur was on Sunday chosen as the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh by newly-elected party MLAs in Shimla.

Addressing his first press conference at Peterhoff on Monday after being elected as BJP legislature party leader Mr Thakur said that all the retired and those who have given extension by the previous Congress government in state services would have to go under the new regime.

During the meeting, Mr Thakur's name was proposed by two-time chief minister Mr Dhumal and seconded by Mr Nadda and another two-time chief minister Shanta Kumar.

He distributed fruits to the children and patients at Deen Dayal Upadhaya hospital, Shimla on occasion of birthday of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

After his name was officially announced as the next CM of the hill state, the chief minister-elect along with the party's central observers and other leaders met governor Acharya Dev Vrat to stake claim for government formation.

Union minister JPNadda was also considered a top contender for the post.

Had Union health minister JP Nadda been party's choice, there was a possibility of Dhumal's MP son Anurag Thakur being inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet at the Centre, it is learnt.

He was elected leader of the BJP legislature party on Sunday. He had won his first assembly election in 1998 from Mandi. He holds an MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh. Since Jai Ram is only 52 years old, he will be able to lead BJP in the state for long.

At 28 years of age, he contested the 1993 Assembly polls from Seraj on a BJP ticket and lost. Apparently, Shah had also promised during an election meeting that Thakur would be given an important role in state politics once the BJP would come to power. He also held the post of Himachal Pradesh BJP president between 2007 and 2009.

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