Jairam Thakur appointed as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister

Jai Ram Thakur is the new Himachal Chief Minister says BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday elected Jairam Thakur as the leader of the legislature party leader thereby making it clear that he will be the next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. On Saturday, BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal had ruled himself out of the race.

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

During the course of the discussions in Shimla, both the central observers had also witnessed protests and demonstrations by the supporters of both Dhumal and Thakur.

The decision was taken at a meeting of BJP legislators, where Thakur's name was proposed by leaders Suresh Bhardwaj and Mahender Singh and seconded by other members.

The ceremony would be brief and some ministers would also take oath, but their names are yet to finalised, he said. Thakur's name was supported by Union Minister JP Nadda and former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar. He also promised to leave "no stone unturned" to meet the expectations of the Himachal's people.

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

Had Union health minister JP Nadda been party's choice, there was a possibility of Dhumal's MP son Anurag Thakur being inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet at the Centre, it is learnt. Right from the beginning, he was considered a strong contender for the post along with Nadda, especially since Dhumal's loss had created a situation where still giving him the job would have meant another by-election in the state. This was a clear sign that BJP was not keen on sending its central leaders or ministers to the states as CM. Apart from that, he has served as Vice President of Himachal Pradesh in 2003- 2005 and later he was President of the state in 2006 to 2009. The result is as scripted and the state has come out of the Virbhadra-Dhumal political cycle.

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