Jairam Thakur to be sworn in as Himachal Pradesh CM on December 27, PM Modi to attend

Thakur is thought of as a?'strong'?leader -- he won his fifth straight assembly election from the Seraj seat time, and the?BJP won 9 out of 10 seats in the region. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 24, 2017, 08.44 AM (IST)

All speculation over the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh came to rest Sunday with the BJP announcing five-time legislator Jairam Thakur as the party's next leader in the legislative assembly.

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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Thakur is thought of as a "strong" leader -- he won his fifth straight assembly election from the Seraj seat this time, and the BJP won nine out of 10 seats in the region.

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The announcement was made at the BJP's legislative party meet in Shimla today.
 
The meeting was attended by union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar and state party in-charge Mangal Pandey.

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

Thakur is considered close to JP Nadda and hence enjoys the support of the top BJP leadership. 

The BJP wrested power from the Congress in the recent Himachal Pradesh elections, securing a simple majority by winning 44 seats in the 68-member assembly.