SHIMLA: The Bharatiya Janata Party picked five-time legislator Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday as its legislature party leader in Himachal Pradesh, effectively making him the state’s next chief minister.
The 52-year-old MLA for Seraj in Mandi district will be sworn in as the state’s 14th chief minister on December 27 in a grand ceremony that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are expected to attend.
The announcement ended almost a week of speculation over the top job after the shock defeat of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the BJP’s candidate for the CM’s post, in the assembly elections. The party regained power in the hill state last Monday, winning 44 seats in the 68-member assembly.
“Former chief minister Dhumal proposed Thakur to be elected as the BJP legislature party leader. Shanta Kumar and JP Nadda supported the proposal,” said Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
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p.c. : indian express