Thakur to be 14th Himachal CM; swearing in on Dec 27

Jai Ram Thakur to be new Himachal Pradesh chief minister

The BJP took nearly a week to decide on the Chief Minister after its chief ministerial candidate Dhumal lost the election.

Mr Parmar was elected four times, Mr Kumar - three times, Mr Singh - five times, and Mr Dhumal two times. The swearing-in ceremony will be held on December 27, at Shimla's Ridge Maidan. He is said to enjoy a good rapport with BJP national president Amit Shah and Union health minister J P Nadda.

Central observer Tomar during a press conference at BJP headquarter's in Shimla announced, "Jairam Thakur to be the Legislature party leader in Himachal Pradesh".

The race for chief ministership opened up after the BJP swept the recently-concluded state election but suffered a shock loss in Prem Kumar Dhumal's defeat.

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Jai Ram Thakur was Born in 1965 and comes from Tandi in Mandi district. Despite being defeated, Thakur contested the next Assembly elections in 1998 from the Mandi constituency and won by a comfortable margin.

Though Mr Nadda's name was also doing the rounds for the top post, the saffron cadre and senior state leaders were in favour of picking the new chief minister from among the newly-elected MLAs.

Thakur, the fourth of five siblings, lost his maiden assembly election in 1993.

Soon after he was elected the Legislature Party leader, Governor Acharya Devvrat appointed Thakur as Chief Minister and invited him to form the government.

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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 also promised to leave "no stone unturned" to meet the expectations of the Himachal's people.

Mr Thakur had joined the RSS affiliated student's outfit, ABVP, during his college days and completed his MA from Panjab University.

In this election, the BJP put up a stellar show in Mandi, winning 9 of the district's 10 seats.

He is married to ABVP colleague Sadhana Thakur and they have two daughters.

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