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BJP chooses Jairam Thakur as Himachal Pradesh CM

BJP chooses Jairam Thakur as Himachal Pradesh CM

Mr Jai Ram Thakur is the sixth Himachal leader and third from BJP who would become the Chief Minister of this hill state.

His appointment came after a long round of deliberations between party-appointed observers and central ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar, and the newly-elected MLAs. Thanking the party leadership and workers after his election Thakur said that swearing in ceremony would take place on December 27.

"The former chief minister's proposed name was supported by Shanta Kumar and JP Nadda", added Tomar.

52-year-old Thakur has won his fifth straight assembly poll from the Seraj Assembly constituency.

Soon after he was elected the Legislature Party leader, Governor Acharya Devvrat appointed Thakur as Chief Minister and invited him to form the government.

A big factor that went in favour of Thakur was that he hails from the influential Rajput community, which is also represented by the BJP's original CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal, who lost the polls from Sujanpur.

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Former Himachal CM Prem Kumar Dhumal (R) and other leaders congratulating Jairam Thakur (L) after he was chosen as the BJPs legislature leader.

Seen largely as a low-profile leader, Thakur is from a farming family in Mandi.

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.

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 Congress, which has been dislodged this time, managed to win 21 seats, while independents had bagged two and Communist Party of India (Marxist) one. He has also taken over the command of Himachal Pradesh BJP.

According to News18, Thakur has two daughters and is married to ABVP colleague Sadhana Thakur.

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