Himachal Pradesh CM: Dhumal said not in race for top job

Posted December 26, 2017

Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur, who rose through the ranks and is known for his humble, clean and low-profile nature, will be the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the BJP announced on Sunday.

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

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.

"I thank everyone, central leadership, Prem Kumar Dhumal who proposed my name (which was) supported by JP Nadda and Shanta Kumar", Thakur said after the announcement.

Thakur has previously served as the president of the BJP state unit and was also part of Dhumal's cabinet. 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.

This ended almost a week of suspense and tussle within the party for the top post since former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal - who was named by the party as its CM's face before the polls - failed to win his own election from Sujanpur.

The other main contender for the post of CM was Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, but there was no consensus on his name.

"We will try to meet the expectations of the people of Himachal Pradesh".

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

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. In these elections, the BJP won nine out of the 10 assembly seats in Mandi.

It is stated that Jai Ram Thakur's name was first suggested by former CM P K Dhumal and seconded by JP Nadda and Shanta Kumar. He holds an MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh.

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

Thakur contested on a BJP ticket in the 1993 Assembly polls.

The BJP wrested power in Himachal from the Congress, winning close to a two thirds majority with 44 seats in the 68-member Assembly.

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