"I thank everyone, central leadership...," says Himachal CM-elect Jairam Thakur

The legislators' decision came a day after Prem Kumar Dhumal pulled out of the race. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 24, 2017, 09.27 AM (IST)

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-elect Jairam Thakur Sunday thanked the Central leadership and other senior BJP leaders for proposing his name as the Legislature party leader.

The legislators' decision came a day after Prem Kumar Dhumal- who was named BJP's prospective Chief Minister before the elections - pulled out of the race. 

The swearing-in ceremony for the BJP leader will take place on December 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the ceremony.    

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Addressing the media shortly after his appointment, Thakur said " I thank everyone, central leadership, Prem Kumar Dhumal ji who proposed my name supported by JP Nadda, Shanta Kumar ji".

Thakur's name was announced at the Bharatiya Janata Party's legislative party meet in Shimla today.

The meeting comprised Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar. State party in-charge Mangal Pandey was also present in the meeting.

Thakur was a minister in the previous BJP government and was state unit president between 2006-2009.