Jairam Thakur Named Next Himachal CM After Dhumal Withdraws From Race

Dec 26, 2017, 01:46
Jairam Thakur Named Next Himachal CM After Dhumal Withdraws From Race

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Jairam Thakur on Monday said his government would not indulge in "political vendetta", but would review "hasty decisions" taken in the past three months by the Virbhadra Singh government.

However his new government would not allow to further burden the state economy.

"I thank everyone, central leadership, Prem Kumar Dhumal who proposed my name supported by JP Nadda and Shanta Kumar", Jairam Thakur said addressing the media.

A former state BJP chief, the 52-year-old has won from the Seraj constituency five times in a row.

His appointment came after a long round of deliberations between party-appointed observers and central ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar, and the newly-elected MLAs.

The ceremony would be brief and some ministers would also take oath, but their names are yet to finalised, he said. The initial choice of Bharatiya Janata Party for CM is Dhumal, but Dhumal himself said he was out of the race on Saturday.

"We will try to meet the expectations of the people of Himachal Pradesh".

Mr Thakur comes from the Mandi region, which till today has never had any saffron party chief minister in the state.

The BJP ousted the Congress from power by winning 44 of the 68 seats in fray. 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. Central observers had submitted a report after meeting state leaders and RSS leadership in Shimla earlier this week. The results for Himachal elections were declared on 18 December 2017 and BJP won the polls with a comfortable majority. Apart from that, he has served as Vice President of Himachal Pradesh in 2003- 2005 and later he was President of the state in 2006 to 2009.

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