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

Posted December 26, 2017

Five-time BJP MLA Jairam Thakur will be the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh after he was elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party today.

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.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Jairam Thakur on Monday said his government would not indulge in "political vendetta", but would review "hasty decisions" taken in the past three months by the Virbhadra Singh government.

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

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In the wake of the peculiar situation arising out of Dhumal's personal defeat despite the party's strong showing in the polls, the parliamentary board of BJP had nominated Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar to hold discussions with the party leaders in the state.

Earlier Chief Ministers of Himachal hailed from Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

Though Mr Nadda's name was also doing the rounds for the top post, the saffron cadre and senior state leaders were in favour of picking the new chief minister from among the newly-elected MLAs.

Elaborate security arrangements are being made for the ceremony and the prime minister is likely to address people at the Ridge.

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A generational shift in party leadership has forced Dhumal to the margin.

Thakur, a former state unit chief and rural development and panchayati raj minister from 2010 to 2012 in the government headed by Dhumal, is a Rajput leader considered close to the RSS.

Thakur is a graduate from Government College, Mandi. 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. He has won every Assembly election since then. He was the BJP state president from 2007- 2009.

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