Jairam Thakur is the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, announced Union Minister and central observer for the hill state Narendra Tomar on Sunday.
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.”
Tomar further added that Thakur’s name for the Legislature party leader was proposed by former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
“The former chief minister’s proposed name was supported by Shanta Kumar and JP Nadda,” added Tomar.
Soon after being announced Legislature party leader, Thakur said, “I thank everyone including central leadership, Prem Kumar Dhumal who proposed my name and JP Nadda and Shanta Kumar for supporting my name.”
52-year-old Thakur has won his fifth straight assembly poll from the Seraj Assembly constituency. The newly elected chief minister has been a minister in the previous BJP Government in the hill state and state unit president between 2006-2009.
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The saffron party bagged 44 seats, falling short of a two-thirds majority by two seats in the 68-member house. The BJP, which had won 26 seats in 2012, recorded a 10 per cent jump in vote share that touched 48.7 per cent.