BJP changed the political landscape of Himachal Pradesh yesterday by ousting the incumbent Congress government from the state in the wake of the assembly elections result declaration. However, in the process, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal was defeated from the Sujanpur Assembly seat. Now since Dhumal is not in contention for the chief ministerial post, Union health minister J P Nadda and senior leader Jai Ram Thakur are in contention for the top post in the state, reports Times of India.
The report also said that if BJP goes for a Rajput leader for CM’s post then Jai Ram Thakur with huge experience of having been a five-term as MLA would be given preference. JP Nadda who has served in the Himachal Pradesh cabinet earlier was considered for CM’s post earlier and discussion on this was done by the party before the electoral campaign in the state.
Jai Ram Thakur is MLA from Seraj and won with a margin of 11,254 votes. On the other hand, JP Nadda is from Vijaypur in Bilaspur district. ToI report added that Nadda played a very active role during the electoral campaign in the hill state. On the other hand, Thakur with RSS background has emerged as a strong candidate for CM’s post. He was a cabinet minister in previous BJP government from 2007 to 2012 and has held important positions in the party.
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.