Jai Ram Thakur: From a poor farmer's son to Himachal Pradesh CM

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The Chief Minister Candidate of Bhartiya Janta Party for Himachal Pradesh Jairam Thakur has taken the oath as the 6th Chief Minister of the state.

Thakur had lobbied hard for the chief minister's post and it is said that as it appeared that Dhumal may not win, he headed straight to Delhi to stake his claim.

Few would have considered Thakur as the next Himachal chief minister when the party went to the polls but the shock defeat of its chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal brought him to the centre stage.

Besides the PM and Rajnath Singh, the central ministers likely to attend the ceremony include Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Thawar Chand Gehlot while chief ministers likely to grace the occasion are Yogi Adityanath, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Dr Raman Singh, Vasundhara Raje, Manohar Lal Khattar, Trivendra Singh Rawat, Pema Khandu, Vijay Rupani, N Biren Singh, Devendra Fadnavis, Raghubar Das and Sarbananda Sonowal.

The BJP took nearly a week to decide on the Chief Minister candidate after after its Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his election.

Earlier in the day, newly elected legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party chose five-time legislator Thakur as their leader.

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Thakur was then elected chief of the BJP legislature party, after his name had been proposed by senior MLAs.

Sarveen Chaudhary is the lone woman minister in the cabinet and she belongs to the Other Backward Class. He was born in a farmer's family.

"This is the victory of the common man", Thakur's wife Sadhna Thakur, who is doctor by profession, said before the oath taking ceremony. People had been waiting for the BJP to come back to power and now finally Himachal is Congress-free. This was a clear sign that BJP was not keen on sending its central leaders or ministers to the states as CM.

Also remained Chairman, Rural Planning Committee and Member of various other House Committees before being inducted into Council of Minister as Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister on 09-07-2012.

Dr. Rajeev Bindal is to be made Speaker. Jairam contested his first Assembly election from Chachiot constituency of Mandi on a BJP ticket in 1993 at the age of 28 but lost.

A decision on Thakur's name was taken unanimously on December 24 at the BJP Legislative Party meeting here, where central observers - Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar - were present.

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Thakur, known for his proximity to Nadda, did his graduation from a Mandi college and post-graduation from Panjab University in Chandigarh.

The BJP had swept the hill state in the recently concluded state elections, winning 44 of the 68 assembly seats with a vote share of 48.8%, reducing the Congress party to 21 seats.

According to sources, in 1962 when Congress MLA from Seraj, Karam Singh Thakur was the main contender for chief ministerial post, he could not succeed due to lack of support from other party leaders including Pandit Sukh Ram.

Thakur emerged as a front-runner after Dhumal and state party chief Satpal Satti were defeated in the November 9 elections.

Outgoing Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his erstwhile cabinet colleagues were conspicuously absent from the ceremony.

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