Jai Ram Thakur will be new CM of Himachal Pradesh

Jai Ram Thakur will be new CM of Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: Low-profile BJP legislator Jairam Thakur sprinted past party stalwarts to be selected Himachal Pradesh chief minister, becoming the first leader from the politically significant region of Mandi to helm the hill state.

However his new government would not allow to further burden the state economy.

This development took place at the party legislature meeting today.

"Likewise, as the name of Union health minister J.P. Nadda was also doing the rounds for the post, Tomar later made it a point to state that, "(former BJP CM) Shanta Kumar-ji and J.P. Nadda ji also supported this proposal".

The 52-year-old had earlier been the party's state unit chief and a minister in a government headed by Dhumal. The meeting was also attended party's central observers comprising Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar and state party in-charge Mangal Pandey.

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Stating that under him the party would leave "no stone unturned" to meet the aspirations of the people, he expressed happiness that the state was now "Congress-mukt".

The two observers had taken feedback from members of the Himachal BJP's core committee, MPs and some MLAs.

Thakur was born in 1965 at Tandi, District Mandi to Jethu Ram Thakur.

With experience in both administration as well as in organisation, Thakur has been a minister in the previous BJP government. Thakur, who is five-time MLA from Seraj in Mandi district, has the backing of the RSS and a section of BJP MLAs in Himachal. Sources say Dhumal didn't object to his name, adding that Thakur is also said to share a good rapport with the other tall leader in the Himachal BJP, Nadda. He holds an MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh.

Thakur, the fourth of five siblings, lost his maiden assembly election in 1993. He has won every Assembly election since then. The Congress, which has been dislodged this time, managed to win 21 seats, while independents had bagged two and Communist Party of India (Marxist) one.

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