Jairam Thakur to be new Himachal CM

25 December, 2017, 17:29 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Jai Ram Thakur

Plumbing for a much younger, 52-year-old five-time MLA from Seraj, Jai Ram Thakur, the party has indicated its preference for young blood, the new mantra of PM Modi.

The BJP ousted the Congress from power in Himachal Pradesh by clinching 44 of the 68 seats in the fray during the Assembly Elections.

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.

First saffron leader from Mandi region to head state. Central observers had submitted a report after meeting state leaders and RSS leadership in Shimla earlier this week.

Thakur has been a cabinet minister with the former BJP government of the hill state. He is considered close to Nadda and hence enjoys the support of the top BJP leadership.

He said senior BJP MLA Suresh Bhardwaj moved the proposal to name Thakur at the meeting of the BJP Legislature Party, and was seconded by MLA Mohinder Singh.

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The BJP veteran and Margdarshak Mandal member, Shanta Kumar, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Kangra, had apparently put his foot down saying that the CM must be chosen from among the party MLAs.

Thakur had lobbied hard for the chief minister's post and it is said that as it appeared that Dhumal may not win, he headed straight to Delhi to stake his claim. There were celebrations and processions in Mandi town after Thakur was elected.

To present a united face and undo the harm done by the factional fight, the party leadership had suggested that Mr Dhumal and Mr Nadda should be present in the legislature party meeting.

Speaking to mediapersons, Thakur thanked Dhumal, Shanta Kumar and Nadda for helping him in his career and making him Chief Minister. In these elections, the BJP won nine out of the 10 assembly seats in Mandi. Mr Thakur was also the minister of rural development and panchayati raj from 2007-2012.

The Chief Minister-elect, known for his proximity to Nadda, did his graduation from a Mandi college and post-graduation from Panjab University in Chandigarh.

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