Five-time MLA Jairam Thakur to be new Himachal CM

Katrina Barker
December 26, 2017

Shimla: The state unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, named its former chief and MLA from Seraj constituency, Jai Ram Thakur as next Chief Minister of the Himachal Pradesh.

Dhumal, who was expected to take over as chief minister, was in the reckoning till Saturday night, when he opted out.

A lack of consensus among the newly elected MLAs had resulted in the two central observers-Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar-returning to Delhi from Shimla yesterday to hold fresh consultation with the central leadership. A section of BJP legislators had backed the former chief minister.

The 14th chief minister will be sworn in on December 27 at a star-studded ceremony to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, among others.

The ceremony would be brief and some ministers would also take oath, but their names are yet to finalised, he said. It's also the first time an MLA from Mandi district - where the BJP won nine out of 10 seats this time, in its tally of 44 - will become chief minister.

He will be the first Chief Minister from Mandi, the second biggest district of Himachal after Kangra. He holds an MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh.

For his part, 52-year-old Thakur, who has been the head of the state unit of the party twice and was considered the second-in-line for the CM's post for a long time, said that: "We will deliver the promises made and will work round the clock to ensure progress and development of Himachal Pradesh". He contested the assembly election again in 1998 and since then has won all five assembly elections consecutively with huge margins. Apart from that, he has served as Vice President of Himachal Pradesh in 2003- 2005 and later he was President of the state in 2006 to 2009.

Known for his integrity, Thakur enjoys a good rapport with his voters and the remoteness and hard topography notwithstanding, got 56 of 58 panchayats in the Seraj constituency connected by road. 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.

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