Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur, who rose through the ranks and is known for his humble, clean and low-profile nature, will be the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the BJP announced on Sunday.
After a twin win in Gujarat and HP polls, BJP with his development row made a faith on BJP leader Jairam Thakur for CM post in HP.
A lack of consensus among the newly elected MLAs had resulted in the two central observers-Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar-returning to Delhi from Shimla yesterday to hold fresh consultation with the central leadership.
"It is expected that Thakur will take oath as the State's next CM on December 27 at a ceremony where Prime Minister Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and a galaxy of top leaders would be present", a source said. Mr Thakur comes from the Mandi region, which till today never had any saffron party CM in the state. Central observers had submitted a report after meeting state leaders and RSS leadership in Shimla earlier this week.
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File image of soon to be Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jairam Thakur. 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.
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. Despite being defeated, Thakur contested the next Assembly elections in 1998 from the Mandi constituency and won by a comfortable margin.
"The former chief minister's proposed name was supported by Shanta Kumar and JP Nadda", added Tomar. However, he continued to nurture and consolidate the seat and won the next elections.
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. He was the BJP state president from 2007- 2009.