Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as Himachal CM

Accompanied by BJP leaders Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-elect Jairam Thakur meets Governor Acharya Dev Vrat in Shimla

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat today organised a State lunch to the newly elected Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his cabinet colleagues along with the other dignitaries at Raj Bhawan here.

Thakur's family members, including his 80-year-old widowed mother, who belongs to a remote village in Mandi district, attended the ceremony.

The cabinet is complete as all 12 berths have been filled while two MLAs would be accommodated as speaker and deputy speaker.

Suresh Bharadwaj and Gobind Singh Thakur took oath in Sanskrit while others took oath in Hindi. One minister each hails from Kullu, Shimla, Solan, Una and Lahaul-Spiti. When the assembly elections were announced without BJP projecting a chief ministerial face, supporters of Dhumal and Union health minister J P Nadda projected them as chief ministerial candidates.

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The BJP had won 20 seats in Kangra and Mandi districts and also won 13 out of 17 seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and two out of three Scheduled Tribe seats.

Senior legislators and former Cabinet Ministers Rajeev Bindal, Narender Bragta and Ramesh Dhawala did not find place in the cabinet. The Chief Ministers who were present at the ceremony included Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Uttrakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, Arunachal Pradesh CM Prem Khandu, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Manipur CM N Biren Singh, Maharashtra CM Davendra Fadnavis, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal. After 1998, he managed to bulldoze his Opposition in 2003, 2007 as well as 2012 - clearly indicating that Thakur enjoys a solid popularity with the people. Dr Y S Parmar was administered the oath at the Ridge in the presence of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after Himachal attained statehood on January 25, 1971.

He is followed by five-time MLA and former minister, Mohinder Singh (Rs 15.38 crore) and Krishan Kapoor (Rs 7.99 crore).

BJP has registered the win with full majority and booked 44 seats in 68 member house and there are a number of the applicant including senior leaders and former ministers for a tie-up in the cabinet.

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