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25 December 2017, 12:30 | Marta Robbins
Five-time MLA Jairam Thakur is BJP's pick as new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh; PM Modi to attend swearing-in on Dec 27
In recently concluded assembly elections, Jai Ram Thakur has emerged as a prominent face in Himachal Pradesh and now he has been named the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The party's initial choice for CM, Dhumal lost Sujanpur to his once-protege Rajinder Rana of the Congress.
It's also the first time an MLA from Mandi district - where the BJP won nine out of 10 seats this time, in its tally of 44 - will become chief minister.
In the wake of the peculiar situation arising out of Dhumal's personal defeat despite the party's strong showing in the polls, the parliamentary board of BJP had nominated Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar to hold discussions with the party leaders in the state.
While during their earlier visit to choose the next CM, BJP observers had witnessed slogan-shouting by the supporters of Dhumal and Thakur, Sunday's election was a smooth affair. Thanking the party leadership and workers after his election Thakur said that swearing in ceremony would take place on December 27.
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The BJP veteran and Margdarshak Mandal member, Shanta Kumar, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Kangra, had apparently put his foot down saying that the CM must be chosen from among the party MLAs.
"The former chief minister's proposed name was supported by Shanta Kumar and JP Nadda", added Tomar.
Stating that under him the party would leave "no stone unturned" to meet the aspirations of the people, he expressed happiness that the state was now "Congress-mukt". With his elevation as chief minister, BJP also has sorted out the leadership issue for quite some time as he is only 52 now. Union Minister J P Nadda was another top contender. With the state government, he worked in several state committees with various positions. 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. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will be attending. The result is as scripted and the state has come out of the Virbhadra-Dhumal political cycle. He has also taken over the command of Himachal Pradesh BJP.
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