Two ministers, 3 CPS take oath Himachal



Shimla: The Bharatiya Janata Party government today finally completed the formality of formally inducting two cabinet ministers and three chief parliamentary secretaries. Jai Ram Thakur and Mahender Singh were sworn in as cabinet ministers while Satpal Satti, Virender Kanwar and Sukh Ram Chaudhary were administered the oath of office and secrecy as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries. There were also speculations that Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal may also announce a political advisor to accommodate another colleague.

Jai Ram Thakur, born on 6th January, 1965 has done his graduation from Government College Mandi. He started his political carrier  as Joint Secretary, State ABVP in 1986. He remained as Organizing Secretary, ABVP ( J & K) , 1989 – 90, State Secretary Bhartiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha from 1993- 95, President, State Bhartiya Janta Party Yuva Morcha, President BJP, District Mandi and President State Bhartiya Janata Party since January, 2007. He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in 1998 and re-elected in 2003 and for the third term in December, 2007 from Chachiot Assembly Constituency. He also remained Chairman, General Development Committee and Education Committee and Vice Chairman State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.

Mahender Singh was born on 22 February, 1950 in Richhli, District Mandi.  He had his education from Merrut in UP. He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in February 1990 as an Independent candidate for the first time and was elected again in 1993 and 1998, in  2003  and in 2007.  He was elected to the Vidhan Sabha for five times and during this time  as BJP candidate. He remained as a Cabinet Minister and held various portfolios including Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Excise and Taxation and PWD during the 1998 – 2004.

Satpal Satti born on 5th January 1964 at Jalgran in Una and is MA, M.Phil (Political Science) and has done Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Labour Welfare.  Satpal Satti remained State Secretary, ABVP from 1990- 93, National Secretary ABVP (1994-97), President, State Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha( BJYM) and Executive Member of State Bhartiya Janta Party. He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 from Una Assembly Constituency in Una district.

Virender Kanwar born on 29 January 1964 at Village Deev, has done B.A. LL.B and Diploma in Pharmacy. He remained convener of ABVP District Hamirpur (1981–85), General Secretary and President BJYM District Una 1992-95 and 1995-2000. He remained as Member State Bhartiya Janata Party, Executive Committee, 2003-06 and President BJP District Una in 2006.  He also remained Memeber Zila Parishad  from 2000-03. He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 from Kuthlehar Assembly Constituency in Una.

Sukh Ram born on 15th April 1964 at Village Amargarh in district Sirmour is Intermediate and has Diploma in Electrical.
He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 from Paonta Sahib Assembly in Sirmour district.

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  1. Mr. Mahender Singh has got his due. I appreciate his dynamic approach that can outshine many in Himachal Politics. I have met people from different corners of the state who narrated stories about his prompt actions regarding road construction when he was PWD minister.

    We do not need sleeping ministers with dead vision, we need dynamism to reform the set up and uplift the GDP/PCI of HP. Unlike some ministers in UPA govt. out there to mend the system in many ways, BJP the state is playing in the handful of self styled leaders/touts who have no links to grassroot politics and influencing it for actions like "bonafide Himachali status". It will prove fatal to the organization in coming days.

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