BJP MLA Jairam Thakur on 27 December 2017 took oath as the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh at the historic Ridge Ground in Shimla. This will be his maiden term as chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
Thakur took the oath of secrecy from Governor Acharya Devvrat along with several other cabinet ministers including Mahendra Singh, Suresh Bhardwaj, Anil Sharma, Sarveen Choudhary, Ram Lal Markand, Vipin Singh Parmar, Virender Kanwar, Vikram Singh, Govind Singh and Rajiv Sahjal.
His swearing in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and several Union ministers and Chief Ministers, including Yogi Adityanath.
Thakur was elected as CM of Himachal Pradesh and BJP legislative party leader on 24 December 2017 following the defeat of BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal in the 2017 assembly elections. Thakur won the elections from the Mandi seat.
About Jai Ram Thakur
• Thakur was born on 6 January 1965 at Tandi village in Mandi district.
• He entered politics during his college days and became a whole-timer of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
• He played a role in Ram Mandir movement in Jammu in 1980s.
• In 1993, he was given a chance to contest Chachiot seat, however, he lost his first election with a margin of 800 votes.
• He won his first election in the year 1998 from Himachal Pradesh's Chachiot constituency. Chachiot was renamed as Seraj after delimitation in 2010.
• Later, he won the same seat five-times in a row.
• In 2010, he was included in Prem Kumar Dhumal's Cabinet as Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
BJP wins Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017
Who: Jairam Thakur
When: 27 December 2017