Low-key leader to be Himachal CM

Low-key leader to be Himachal CM”

In his first remarks after he was elected the BJP Legislature Party leader, Thakur thanked all party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, Nadda, Dhumal and Shanta Kumar.

It is stated that Jai Ram Thakur's name was first suggested by former CM P K Dhumal and seconded by JP Nadda and Shanta Kumar.

"Thakur was elected BJP Legislature Party leader in the (Himachal Pradesh) Assembly", Tomar told reporters, adding that "no proposal was made for any other candidate".

Union minister JPNadda was also considered a top contender for the post.

While supporters called for his appointment, Dhumal himself said he was out of the race on Saturday.

The decision was taken at a meeting of BJP legislators, where Thakur's name was proposed by leaders Suresh Bhardwaj and Mahender Singh and seconded by other members.

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". Though Dhumal had managed to get several MLAs, including Virender Kanwar from Kutlehar, to declare that they were willing to give up their seats in his favour, this failed to impress the observers or the party central leadership. That Dhumal lost itself makes for an intriguing tale and the buzz is that he was persuaded by the party not to contest from his home constituency of Hamirpur because he no longer figures in the BJP scheme of things. This was a clear sign that BJP was not keen on sending its central leaders or ministers to the states as CM. The result is as scripted and the state has come out of the Virbhadra-Dhumal political cycle.

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

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