A day after Vijay Rupani was sworn in for a second term as Gujarat Chief Minister amidst a great show of power of the BJP, Jai Ram Thakur is set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, along with a few MLAs as Cabinet Ministers.
A large number of people started gathering since morning from the home district of Mandi of Thakur on the historic Ridge ground.
Thakur also said that there will be no re-employment of retired and blue-eyed (dishonest) bureaucrats in his Cabinet and that his government will not indulge in "political vendetta" but will review the hasty decision taken by the previous Congress government in last three months. Additionally, the 52-year-old chief minister has burnished credentials. Nine days before the election, BJP national president Amit Shah announced Dhumal as the chief ministerial candidate.
During the ceremony, Thakur, did not wear the trademark maroon flap cap of the BJP, like two-time Chief Minister Dhumal, who was defeated in the elections.
All the ministers took the oath in Hindi, except Bhardwaj and Gobind Thakur, who took the oath in Sanskrit. Sarveen Chaudhry is the lone woman in the cabinet.
The report revealed that, on an average, asset of the state cabinet ministers is Rs 7.17 crore, with Anil Sharma topping the list with assets worth Rs 40.20 crore.
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Senior MLA and former Minister Rajeev Bindal from Sirmaur, who was expected to be sworn in, was a surprise exclusion from the Cabinet.
Shimla: The new government in Himachal Pradesh, led by Jai Ram Thakur, has given approval for lowering the age bar for eligibility for social security pension from 80 years to 70 years.
As far as the educational qualifications is concerned, three ministers are 12th pass, eight graduates while one minister has a doctorate.
The BJP took nearly a week to decide on the Chief Minister after its chief ministerial candidate Dhumal lost the election.
A decision on Thakur's name was taken unanimously on December 24 at the BJP Legislative Party meeting here, where central observers - Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar - were present.