Jairam Thakur Sworn in as Himachal Pradesh CM

Geneva Matthews
December 28, 2017

The BJP ousted the Congress from power by winning 44 of the 68 seats in fray.

Anil Sharma, who deserted the Congress on the eve of election is four-time MLA from Mandi and served as minister in the Virbhadra Singh cabinet in 1993 and 2012, while Dr Ram Lal Markanda, a three-time MLA, was minister in the Dhumal government during 1998-2003.

Thakur said that "tired and retired officials would have no place in the government" and a decision in this regard would be taken immediately after taking oath on December 27.

Thakur is the first Chief Minister from Mandi, the second biggest district of Himachal after Kangra.

While Thakur and seven others took oath in Hindi, Suresh Bharadwaj and Govind Thakur took oath in Sanskrit. On Friday while, the team met various party leaders and RSS functionaries, to select the next Chief Minister, a sharp rift emerged between the supporters of Prem Kumar Dhumal and Jai Ram Thakur.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat today organised a State lunch to the newly elected Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his cabinet colleagues along with the other dignitaries at Raj Bhawan here.

The cabinet is complete as all 12 berths have been filled while two MLAs would be accommodated as speaker and deputy speaker. Sarveen Chaudhry is the lone woman in the cabinet.

The BJP had won 20 seats in Kangra and Mandi districts and also won 13 out of 17 seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and two out of three Scheduled Tribe seats.

Earlier, chief minister designates Thakur, Union minister Nadda, former chief minister Dhumal and in charge for party affairs, Pandey visited the Ridge and reviewed the arrangements.

The Cabinet decided that transfer orders not implemented so far will be held in abeyance and the Swarnima Himachal Drishti Patra (Vision Document) of the BJP will be adopted as the policy document of the state government. Nine days before the election, BJP national president Amit Shah announced Dhumal as the chief ministerial candidate.

According to a report byThe Economic Times, former chief minister Virbhadra Singh had re-appointed many retired officials which was questioned by the BJP and alleging that "tired and retired" people are part of the Himachal administration.

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