Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as new CM of Himachal


    Five-time BJP member of assembly from Seraj Mr Jai Ram Thakur today took oath as 13th Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister along with 11 members of his council of minister in massive congregation as swearing ceremony held at Ridge ground Shimla attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Deputy PM Mr L.K. Advani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, party president Amit Shah and many Chief Ministers mostly from BJP ruled states.

    The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Dev Vrat administrated the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Jai Ram Thakur as Chief Minister in presence of massive gathering at Ridge ground at 1100 hrs. The Governor later also administrated oath to 11 members of Mr Jai Ram council of minister including Mr Mahinder Singh Thakur (Dharmpur), Mr Kishan Kapoor (Dharamshala), Ms Sarveen Chaudhary (Shahpur), Mr Anil Sharma (Mandi), Mr Suresh Bhardawaj (Shimla), Vipin Parmar (Sulah), Dr. Ram Lal Markenday (Lahaul Spiti), Mr Verinder Kawanr (Kutlehair), Mr. Vikram Singh (Jaswapragpur), Mr Govinder Thakur (Manali) and Dr. Rajiv Sehjal (Kasouli). Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Govinder Thakur took the oath in Sanskrit and rest eight in Hindi.

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    Prime Minister Nardera Modi, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishan Advani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Surface and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, BJP president Amit Shah and party in charge Thwarchand Gehlot graced the occasion. Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khatar, Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Maharashtra Devender Gangadhar Fadnavis, Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Prema Khundu, Deputy CM of J& K Dr. Nirmala Singh, Deputy CM UP Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy CM Dr. Dinesh Sharma and Deputy CM Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi, former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, Prem Kumar Dhumal and Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda and all member of the Parliament attended the oath-taking ceremony.

    Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, Mr Govinder Thakur, Mr Vikram Singh, Mr Vipen Kumar and Mr Rajiv Sehjal became the minister of the state council for the first time. The name of former ministers Rajiv Bindal, Narinder Bragat and Ramesh Dhawala did not get figured in the new cabinet. Chamba, Bilaspur, Sirmaur and Hamirpur districts did not figure in the state council of ministers.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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