Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as new chief minister of Himachal

Accompanied by BJP leaders Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-elect Jairam Thakur meets Governor Acharya Dev Vrat in Shimla

Accompanied by BJP leaders Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-elect Jairam Thakur meets Governor Acharya Dev Vrat in Shimla

"No stone would be left unturned to fulfill the expectations of people for which they have voted the BJP to power with an overwhelming majority", he said, adding, the voters of Himachal Pradesh have brought BJP to power and the state government would try living up to their expectations.

Anil Sharma, who deserted the Congress on the eve of election is four-time MLA from Mandi and served as minister in the Virbhadra Singh cabinet in 1993 and 2012, while Dr Ram Lal Markanda, a three-time MLA, was minister in the Dhumal government during 1998-2003.

The Governor congratulated the newly elected Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues on the occasion.

Suresh Bharadwaj and Gobind Singh Thakur took oath in Sanskrit while others took oath in Hindi. Thakur is the first chief minister from the second-largest Mandi district. The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veteran L.K. Advani, Central ministers and chief ministers of BJP ruled states.

The BJP took nearly a week to decide on the Chief Minister after its chief ministerial candidate Dhumal lost the election.

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Rajiv Bindal will be the speaker of the legislative assembly.

Others who were sworn-in as ministers, apart from Thakur, are Suresh Bhardwaj, Anil Sharma, Govind Thakur, Mahender singh, Sarveen Chaudhary, Ram Lal Markandaye, Vipin Parmar, Rajeev Saijal, Bikram Thakur, Kishan Kapoor and Virender Kanwar. The Congress won 21 seats, independents two and the Communist Party of India-Marxist one.

The Cabinet decided that transfer orders not implemented so far will be held in abeyance and the Swarnima Himachal Drishti Patra (Vision Document) of the BJP will be adopted as the policy document of the state government.

The supporters of Dhumal were still hoping for him to become the Chief Minister, they also questioned the decision to shift Dhumal from his original seat at Hamirpur to Sujanpur, where it was clear that despite his candidature, it was hard to defeat the Congress leader, Rajinder Rana.

Mr Thakur, 52, was picked to be the chief minister after PK Dhumal, projected by the BJP for the top post, lost his election.

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