All You Need To Know About Himachal Pradesh’s Youngest CM Jairam Thakur

On 27th December Jairam Thakur took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. BJP is all ready to form a government in the state.

This is the first time in 25 years that such a young person had taken the power position. Jairam Thakur, 52 is the youngest CM of the state, who before this was a five-time legislator.

The oath ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time in the history of Himachal Pradesh, BJP President Amit Shah and other top-notch politicians of the party. BJP has overthrown the Congress party in the state by winning 44 seats out of 68.

Thakur ousted Prem Kumar Dhumal who was a two time CM of the state and Virbhadra Singh who was from the rival party Congress held the post for five-time CM post. In the political past of the state, Prem Kumar Dhumal and Virbhadra Singh were the only strong rivals fighting for the post of Chief Minister.

Thakur is a very soft spoken, low profile person who had contested for the first time for the State Assembly Elections in 1993 from ‘Chachiot’ at the age of 28. But he lost by a margin of 800 votes back then. That is when he got the attention of the BJP party.

During his college days, he joined the BJP’s student wing ABVP, later becoming a full-time activist. Jairam is from Tandi village in Mandi district and is the youngest of the 5 siblings, born to a Rajput farmers family.

In 1998 he contested again from the same seat and won. He renamed ‘Chachiot’ to Seraj in 2010. In ‘Seraj’ he has won 56 panchayat seats out of 58 due to his good rapport with the voters for increasing the road connectivity in the remote places in his area among other things.

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Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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