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Himachal Pradesh CM: Dhumal said not in race for top job

Himachal Pradesh CM: Dhumal said not in race for top job

"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".

"I thank everyone, central leadership, Prem Kumar Dhumal who proposed my name supported by JP Nadda and Shanta Kumar", Jairam Thakur said addressing the media.

He said around 10 Chief Ministers had promised to attend the oath-taking ceremony.

Sources disclosed that though Mr Thakur's name was announced at the legislature party meeting in the afternoon in Shimla, he had earlier received a call from the party top brass in the morning about his name being finalised.

"We will try to meet the expectations of the people of Himachal Pradesh".

The BJP ousted the Congress from power by winning 44 of the 68 seats in fray.

Seen largely as a low-profile leader, Thakur is from a farming family in Mandi.

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Thakur, a former state unit chief and rural development and panchayati raj minister from 2010 to 2012 in the government headed by Dhumal, is a Rajput leader considered close to the RSS.

Deliberations between central observers and newly-elected MLAs failed to reach a consensus, prompting the high command to intervene and decide on Thakur.

As for Nadda, while he remained a popular choice, what went against him was the party's overall stand that it would not send Union ministers to head the state governments.

Dhumal, who had lost from Sujanpur, clarified that he was not in contention for the post of CM. This was a clear sign that BJP was not keen on sending its central leaders or ministers to the states as CM.

Now a five-time MLA and state BJP president, Thakur is armed with a lot of experience in administration and organisation functioning. The result is as scripted and the state has come out of the Virbhadra-Dhumal political cycle.

The decision was taken at a meeting of BJP MLAs.

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