Jai Ram Thakur will be new CM of Himachal Pradesh

by Abel Hampton December 25, 2017, 5:08
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. He was elected BJP Legislature Party leader at a meeting on December 24. Thakur's name was supported by Union Minister JP Nadda and former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar. But soon after, supporters of Dhumal raised slogans before the central observers demanding the CM's post for him.

Jai Ram Thakur was Born in 1965 and comes from Tandi in Mandi district.

BJP had faced an internal rift while selecting a chief minister after Dhumal lost in Sujanpur along with a host of senior leaders.

Tomar further added that Thakur's name for the Legislature party leader was proposed by former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. BJP members who have known him describe him as an amiable politician who tries not to ruffle feathers and take everybody along. In 1986, he was appointed as Joint Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh ABVP.

The meeting was attended by the party's Central observers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar. State BJP president Satpal Satti, who also lost the polls, and BJP in-charge Mangal Pandey oversaw the election of the new leader. "There was no other name moved after MLAs were informed about Jai Ram Thakur's name having been cleared by the central parliamentary board and BJP president Amit Shah", Tomar said.

During the course of the discussions in Shimla, both the central observers had also witnessed protests and demonstrations by the supporters of both Dhumal and Thakur.

In an interview to website News18.com, his wife Sadhana has said, "We are from a humble background and will lead a normal life..."

In 2008, he was made Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister in the Dhumal government. On Saturday, however, Dhumal said he was not in the race and it was largely certain that Thakur would take over.

He promised that corruption would remain a top priority of his government, as it was an issue on which the BJP had fought the election.

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