Thakur new Himachal CM
Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur, who rose from the ranks and is known for his humble, low-profile stature, will be the 13th Chief Minister of...
Shimla: Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur, who rose from the ranks and is known for his humble, low-profile stature, will be the 13th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the BJP announced on Sunday. A decision in this regard was unanimously taken at the BJP Legislative Party meeting where central observers -- Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar were also present along with Union Health Minister J P Nadda and state party in-charge Mangal Pandey.
"Thakur was elected as the BJP legislature party leader in the (Himachal Pradesh) Assembly," Tomar told reporters, adding "no other proposal was made for any other candidate". Thakur's name was proposed by two-time former Chief Minister P K Dhumal and seconded by Nadda and another two-time Chief Minister Shanta Kumar.
The Chief Minister-elect will meet state Governor Acharya Dev Vrat to formally stake the claim to form the government in the hill state.
In his first remarks after being elected as the BJP legislature party leader, Thakur thanked all party leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, Nadda, Dhumal and Shanta Kumar. "We will try to meet the expectations of the people of Himachal Pradesh. Our dream of a Congress-free Himachal Pradesh has been realised," Thakur told reporters.