Jai Ram Thakur to be the next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh
25 December, 2017, 17:33 | Author: Katrina Soto
The BJP named Jai Ram Thakur as legislature party leader in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday to make him the new chief minister of the state.
His appointment came after a long round of deliberations between party-appointed observers and central ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar, and the newly-elected MLAs. Putting Thakur at the helm of affairs is also likely to help the party win the Mandi parliamentary seat in 2019 assembly election, they say.
While former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had last night opted out of the race, Thakur, a MLA from Seraj in Mandi district, and Union minister J P Nadda were the frontrunners for the chief minister's office. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the ceremony", Jairam Thakur told media.
Thakur was then elected chief of the BJP legislature party, after his name had been proposed by senior MLAs.
This will be the third time Himachal Pradesh will see a swearing-in at the Ridge. BJP insiders say that his clean image, gradual rise from the ranks, easy-to-approach personality, and above all backing of RSS helped the former minister clinch the CM chair.
Satti, Dhumal, Nadda, Shanta Kumar, Mangal Pandey and Anurag Thakur, besides the BJP central observers, accompanied Thakur for his meeting with the Governor.
Thakur - who will turn 53 on January 6 - belongs to the Rajput community with a significant presence in the hill state.
The five time MLA will be the first Chief Minister from Mandi, the second largest district of the State. However, he continued to nurture and consolidate the seat and won the next elections.
Despite being a three-time MLA, Thakur remained state chief till 2009, before being inducted into cabinet ranks as rural development and panchayati raj minister. He is married to Dr Sadhna Singh, and has two daughters.
At 28 years of age, he contested the 1993 Assembly polls from Seraj on a BJP ticket and lost.
After completing his college education, Thakur was elevated to BJP's youth wing - Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) - in the 90s.
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