Jairam Thakur, BJP MLA from Seraj constituency, is being considered as the frontrunner for Himachal Pradesh’s CM post. For BJP, picking up a new leader has been necessitated as its CM face Prem Kumar Dhumal lost elections against Congress rival Rajinder Rana. Thakur, a low profile leader in the state, was a cabinet minister in the BJP ministry. He has also served as the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. Thakur was first elected to Himachal Pradesh Assembly from Mandi and had won his first election in the year 1998.
Speaking to media, Thakur said on Tuesday that he would do whatever the party decides and would work for the development of the state. “Whatever the party will decide I will do. I am very happy that there is going to be BJP government in Himachal Pradesh. I thank all the people of the state for voting for us. We will work for the development of the state. The party will also improve the law and order situation in Himachal Pradesh,” Thakur told ANI.
Thakur is a senior leader in Himachal Pradesh and is elected for his 5th term in Vidhan Sabha. In 2013, he contested an unsuccessful Lok Sabha by-election from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh against Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh. He has also served as state party president from 2007 to 2009. His term as president is considered as non-controversial and acceptable.
The only other top leader in the fray is Jagat Prakash Nadda. A senior minister in Narendra Modi cabinet, Nadda has been part of the government since 2014 and is believed to be very close the PM and BJP chief Amit Shah. Nadda’s past association with the RSS is likely to work in his favour. The BJP won 44, while the Congress won 21 seats in the elections to 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, the results of which were declared yesterday.