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Jairam Thakur to be new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

Thakur is an MLA from Seraj in Mandi district

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Jairam Thakur

Five-time BJP MLA will be the new Chief Minister of after he was elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party today. The decision was taken at a meeting of BJP MLAs.

Thakur's name was proposed by Suresh Bharadwaj and Mahender Singh and seconded by other members. While former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had last night opted out of the race, Thakur, a MLA from Seraj in Mandi district, and Union minister J P Nadda were the frontrunners for the chief minister's office. A lack of consensus among the newly elected MLAs had resulted in the two central observers -- Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and -- returning to Delhi from Shimla yesterday to hold fresh consultation with the central leadership. A two-member team of central observers, which was in the state on December 21 and 22, had taken feedback from members of the state BJP's core committee, MPs and some MLAs. The BJP ousted the Congress from power by winning 44 out of the 68 seats.

First Published: Sun, December 24 2017. 14:35 IST
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