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BJP names Jairam Thakur as Himachal Pradesh CM
Senior BJP leader and frontrunner in the race for the CM of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, who had unfortunately failed to defend his seat in the 2017 Himachal Pradesh Assembly election, on Sunday, proposed the name of five-time party MLA Jairam Thakur as the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.

This development took place at the party legislature meeting today. Thakur's name was supported by Union Minister JP Nadda and former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar.

 

Dhumal, who had lost from Sujanpur , clarified that he was not in contention for the post of CM. Thakur, who is five-time MLA from Seraj in Mandi district, has the backing of the RSS and a section of BJP MLAs in Himachal.

 

Thakur has previously served as the president of the BJP state unit and was also part of Dhumal's cabinet. His being chosen as the chief minister marks a significant shift in state politics of Himachal where Dhumal and Virbhadra Singh had remained dominant forces. 

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