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Jai Ram Thakur will be new CM of Himachal Pradesh

Jai Ram Thakur will be new CM of Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: The state unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, named its former chief and MLA from Seraj constituency, Jai Ram Thakur as next Chief Minister of the Himachal Pradesh.

Most of the newly-elected BJP MLAs backed Mr Thakur's name for the top post in the legislature party meeting held in Shimla in the presence of party's Central observers - Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar.

However his new government would not allow to further burden the state economy. Since along with Thakur and Dhumal, four-time MLAs Suresh Bharadwaj and Mahender Singh had also expressed their desire to be considered for the top post, the party made them formally propose Thakur's name at the meeting.

"I thank everyone, central leadership, Prem Kumar Dhumal who proposed my name (which was) supported by JP Nadda and Shanta Kumar", Thakur said after the announcement.

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Mr. Thakur later met delegations at the State Guest House at Peterhoff, visited Governor Acharya Dev Vrat to discuss Cabinet formation and took stock of the arrangements for the visit of the Prime Minister and the BJP president for the swearing-in at the historic Ridge Maidan. Finally, the party prevailed upon Dhumal to withdraw his name from the race on Saturday. Union Health Minister JP Nadda was also said to be in fray for the post, party sources said. He also promised to leave "no stone unturned" to meet the expectations of the Himachal's people.

Jai Ram Thakur was Born in 1965 and comes from Tandi in Mandi district. The BJP won nine of the 10 seats in Mandi this time. He holds an MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh. He contested the assembly election again in 1998 and since then has won all five assembly elections consecutively with huge margins.

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

A soft-spoken man, Thakur's strength is that he is seen as a leader who has managed to straddle the BJP's warring factions in Himachal Pradesh.

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