Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Himachal Pradesh received by Jairam Thakur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Himachal Pradesh received by Jairam Thakur

Jai Ram Thakur will formally be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, December 27. Chief ministers of BJP-ruled states were also in attendance, along with more than 30,000 party supporters from across the state, mostly dressed up in traditional attires.

While picking the members of his Cabinet, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has ignored some old warhorses, choosing instead to place his trust in younger lawmakers.

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

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The others who took oath were former Cabinet Ministers Mohinder Singh, Kishan Kapoor, Sarveen Chaudhary and Anil Sharma, former Minister of State Ram Lal Markanday and new faces Suresh Bhardwaj, Vipin Singh Parmar, Virender Kanwar, Vikram Thakur, Gobind Thakur and Rajeev Sahjal, who is a doctor by profession. Nine days before the election, BJP national president Amit Shah announced Dhumal as the chief ministerial candidate. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present at the ceremony too.

While Thakur and seven others took oath in Hindi, Suresh Bharadwaj and Govind Thakur took oath in Sanskrit.

Former Congress leader Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma, who joined the BJP on the eve of elections from the Congress, was the next to take the oath. He was also a Minister of State from 1993-97.

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Rajiv Bindal will be the speaker of the legislative assembly. He was nominated as the chief minister after the shock defeat of the BJP's chief ministerial face, Prem Kumar Dhumal, from the Sujanpur assembly segment.

Thakur is the first Chief Minister from Mandi, the second biggest district of Himachal after Kangra.

As far as the educational qualifications is concerned, three ministers are 12th pass, eight graduates while one minister has a doctorate. He is the only Minister to be sworn in from Shimla district, which is the third largest district after Kangra and Mandi, but is a stronghold of the Congress.

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