Jairam Thakur takes oath as 14th chief minister in presence of PM Modi, Amit Shah - watsupptoday.com
Jairam Thakur takes oath as 14th chief minister in presence of PM Modi, Amit Shah
Posted 27 Dec 2017 11:42 AM

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Five-time Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday was sworn in as the 14th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh in a star-studded ceremony that was attended by PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah along with several Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-led states. The oath-taking ceremony took place at the Ridge Ground in Shimla.

Governor Aacharya Devvrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to Thakur. Along with him, a few MLAs will reportedly swear-in as Cabinet Ministers today.

HERE ARE THE UPDATES:

11:34 am: Mahendra Singh, Suresh Bhardwaj, Anil Sharma take oath.

11:22 am: Five-time Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister.

11:07 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Home Minister Rajnath Singh reach Shimla.

11:02 am: Mahendra Singh, Suresh Bhardwaj, Anil Sharma, Sarveen Choudhary, Ram Lal Markand, Vipin Singh Parmar, Virender Kanwar, Vikram Singh, Govind Singh and Rajiv Sahjal to take oath as Cabinet ministers along with Jairam Thakur.

10:45 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Shimla for the swearing-in ceremony of Jairam Thakur as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to begin shortly.

10:25 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Chandigarh, he will be attending swearing-in ceremony of Jairam Thakur at Ridge Ground in Shimla.

09:28 am: Besides seating arrangements, eight to ten LED screens have been installed outside the venue. Special Protection Group (SPG) will look after the security arrangements.

09:23 am: The Ridge Ground turned saffron with BJP flags fluttering all around and cut outs of Modi, Amit Shah and Jai Ram Thakur dominating the scene.

09:18 am: "The Cabinet will have both experienced and new faces," Thakur said in his first official interaction with reporters a day after being elected as the BJP Legislature Party leader in the Assembly.
08:47 am: Jairam Thakur will be the first chief minister from Mandi, the second largest district of the state.

08:39 am: The five-time BJP MLA from Seraj constituency was elected to lead Himachal Pradesh after the party's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal failed to register a win from his constituency.

08:26 am: The 52-year-old Thakur leader edged past party stalwarts in the race to the top office and will be the first leader from the politically-significant Mandi region to helm the hill state.

08:21 am: Thakur, a former state unit chief and rural development and Panchayati Raj minister in a government headed by Dhumal, was elected the leader of the BJP legislature party on Sunday.

08:18 am: The BJP has ousted the Congress from power in the state by winning 44 out of the 68 seats in the recently held Assembly elections.

07:37 am: This is for the first time that the prime minister will attend an oath-taking ceremony.

07:22 am: Thakur emerged as a front runner after Dhumal and state party chief Satpal Satti were defeated in the November 9 elections. The poll results were declared on December 18.

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