Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as new chief minister of Himachal

Jairam Thakur with Prem Kumar Dhumal in Shimla on Sunday Jairam Thakur with Prem Kumar Dhumal in Shimla on Sunday
Erik Tate | 28 December, 2017, 00:51

Jai Ram Thakur at 52 joins other second rung party leaders like Devendra Fadnavis (47), Yogi Adityanath (45), Trivendra Singh Rawat (57), Raghubar Das (62), and Manohar Lal Khattar (62), who were elevated as chief minister of their states after the BJP fought assembly polls without projecting a candidate for the top job.

Jairam Thakur, a five-time legislator, swore-in as the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh at the historic Ridge Maidan on 27 December. On Friday while, the team met various party leaders and RSS functionaries, to select the next Chief Minister, a sharp rift emerged between the supporters of Prem Kumar Dhumal and Jai Ram Thakur.

Of the 11 ministers, Mr Suresh Bharadwaj and Mr Gobind Singh Thakur took oath in Sanskrit while others took oath in Hindi. This will be his maiden term as Chief Minister. Stokes, who contested and won from the Theog assembly seat of Shimla district in 2012, announced she would vacate the seat for former chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

The dominant Rajputs, comprising 37% of the total population, got maximum representation with Thakur and five of his cabinet ministers- Mahender Singh, Virender Kanwar, Vipin Parmar, Bikram Singh and Govind Singh Thakur. Sarveen Chaudhry is the lone woman in the cabinet. He was also a Minister of State from 1993-97.

Senior MLA and former Minister Rajeev Bindal from Sirmaur, who was expected to be sworn in, was a surprise exclusion from the Cabinet.

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The choice of these chief ministers besides Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal among others underline Modi's and Shah's thrust on grooming a new generation of young saffron leaders while nudging veterans, many in their 80s and older still, to make way. He is the only Minister to be sworn in from Shimla district, which is the third largest district after Kangra and Mandi, but is a stronghold of the Congress.

The BJP won 44 of the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh Assembly, ousting Congress from the hill state.

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

As far as the educational qualifications is concerned, three ministers are 12th pass, eight graduates while one minister has a doctorate.

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