news post by Ankush on 25 Dec 2017,Monday
ENDING a six-day-long suspense, the BJP on Sunday chose five-time MLA Jai Ram Thakur as the new chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. The 52-year-old’s name was the only one considered by the BJP Legislature Party meeting.
Soon after he was elected the Legislature Party leader, Governor Acharya Devvrat appointed Thakur as Chief Minister and invited him to form the government. The swearing-in ceremony will be held on December 27, at Shimla’s Ridge Maidan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will be attending.
Thakur, known as a “gentle leader” who has always shunned the limelight, was thrust into the frontrunner slot after the surprise loss of BJP chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal in the Assembly elections, which were otherwise swept by the party. Union Health Minister J P Nadda, who belongs to Himachal, was also believed to be in the race, while Dhumal, whose supporters were rooting for him, ruled himself out Saturday.
BJP delegation led by Thakur met governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form the government.
In a first, neta from Mandi becomes CM
There are challenges before the new government and we are ready to face them,” the chief minister-designate said. “I am thankful to the party leadership and people of the state for giving me this responsibility and I will make sincere efforts to fulfil the promises made to people during election,” said Thakur.
This is the first time in the state’s history that a leader from Mandi has become CM. If Kangra district with 15 of the 68 assembly seats forms the political heart of Himachal, then Mandi comes in second with 10 seats.
BJP had faced an internal rift while selecting a chief minister after Dhumal lost in Sujanpur along with a host of senior leaders. While Thakur was seen as the front-runner ever since the results were declared on December 18, many other names, including Union minister J P Nadda and Dhumal, did the rounds over the next few days.