Jai Ram Thakur Selected As Himachal CM, Has Strong RSS Links

26 December, 2017, 01:46 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Jai Ram Thakur to be new Himachal Pradesh chief minister

The BJP had won a landslide in the recently concluded 2017 Himachal Pradesh assembly polls.

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

He distributed fruits to the children and patients at Deen Dayal Upadhaya hospital, Shimla on occasion of birthday of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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 doors were apparently shut for Dhumal and Nadda after the central BJP leaders concurred with the views of Kumar.

Sources disclosed that though Mr Thakur's name was announced at the legislature party meeting in the afternoon in Shimla, he had earlier received a call from the party top brass in the morning about his name being finalised.

Mandi is considered electorally significant because of the high number of seats in the region.


With experience in both administration as well as in organisation, Thakur has been a minister in the previous BJP government.

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.

Thakur, the fourth of five siblings, lost his maiden assembly election in 1993. He was just 28 years old then. In 1998, he was given a ticket again and won decisively and went on to repeat the feat four more times on the trot from the same constituency.

Now a five-time MLA and state BJP president, Thakur is armed with a lot of experience in administration and organisation functioning.

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.

The decision was taken at a meeting of BJP MLAs.

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