BJP top brass will take call on Himachal chief minister

The five-time legislator Jairam Thakur is emerging as the frontrunner in the race as there is a kind of consensus building on his name.

Published: 22nd December 2017 01:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2017 11:53 AM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose. (File | PTI)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: The BJP high command is likely to take the final call on the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, as was in the case of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. However, five-time legislator Jairam Thakur is emerging as the frontrunner in the race for the top job as there is a kind of consensus building on his name, BJP sources said.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Thursday dissolved the State Assembly with immediate effect.

Apart from Jairam Thakur, sources said that the names doing the rounds for the chief minister’s job are of former two-time Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, five-time MLAs Jairam Thakur and Rajiv Bindal, seven-time MLA Mohinder Singh, former state BJP president Suresh Bharadwaj and Krishan Kapoor and the dark horse Ajay Jamwal.

Highly-placed sources said that the formal announcement on who will be the next chief minister of the state is likely to be made in New Delhi soon.

Earlier in the evening central party observers Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrived in Shimla to meet BJP legislators and to decide on the next CM.
Supporters of former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and five-time MLA Jairam Thakur resorted to sloganeering and counter-sloganeering. State party leaders and party workers accorded a rousing welcome to P K Dhumal as he arrived at the meeting.

Hectic parleys took place in the core group meeting, which was also attended by Shanta Kumar, Anurag Thakur, Varinder Kashyap, J P Nadda and in-charge of party affairs in the state Mangal Pandey. As no consensus emerged, it was decided that the final call would be taken by the party high command.
However, the core group observers decided to hold a meeting again on Friday with newly-elected MLAs and return to Delhi.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp