Jairam Thakur appointed as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister

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After his unexpected defeat forced him out of the race for the Himachal Pradesh chief minister's post, BJP's vanguard leader Prem Kumar Dhumal now has a tough job in hand.

During the meeting, Mr Thakur's name was proposed by two-time chief minister Mr Dhumal and seconded by Mr Nadda and another two-time chief minister Shanta Kumar.

After his name was officially announced as the next CM of the hill state, the chief minister-elect along with the party's central observers and other leaders met governor Acharya Dev Vrat to stake claim for government formation.

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He distributed fruits to the children and patients at Deen Dayal Upadhaya hospital, Shimla on occasion of birthday of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Elaborate security arrangements are being made for the ceremony and the prime minister is likely to address people at the Ridge.

To present a united face and undo the harm done by the factional fight, the party leadership had suggested that Mr Dhumal and Mr Nadda should be present in the legislature party meeting.

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Thakur is a graduate from Government College, Mandi. 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. He holds an MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh. That would makes Thakur the first chief minister from the politically sensitive belt of Mandi, where the BJP won 9 out of ten seats.

Now a five-time MLA and state BJP president, Thakur is armed with a lot of experience in administration and organisation functioning.

Thakur was elected to the state Assembly in 1998; and got re-elected in 2003 and 2007 from Chachiot Assembly Constituency, which after the delimitation has been renamed as Seraj.

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The two observers had taken feedback from members of the Himachal BJP's core committee, MPs and some MLAs.

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