In between, Prem Kumar Dhumal was once again the BJP's choice for the chief minister's post when the party won the election in 2007. Ram Lal Markandey from Lahaul-Spiti will be the tribal Minister; young faces Virender Kanwar from Kutlehar in Una district, Gobind Thakur from Manali in Kullu district and Rajeev Sejal from Kasauli in Solan district were also sworn in as first-time Ministers.
The BJP took nearly a week to decide on the Chief Minister candidate after after its Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his election.
In the race for the top job, Jairam Thakur edged past 73-year-old Prem Kumar Dhumal, a two-time chief minister of Himachal Pradesh who lost the Assembly election this time from Sujanpur constituency.
The swearing-in ceremony of Thakur and his 10-member council of ministers comes a day after the BJP formed its government - for a sixth consecutive term - in Gujarat with Vijay Rupani returning as the chief minister of the Prime Minister's home state.
Jai Ram Thakur was born to a poor Rajput farming family in Tandi village of Mandi on January 6, 1965. Thakur is married to Sadhna Singh, a doctor by profession.
Son of former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, Anil Sharma defected to the Congress and joined the BJP before the assembly elections in November.
Also remained Chairman, Rural Planning Committee and Member of various other House Committees before being inducted into Council of Minister as Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister on 09-07-2012. He was also a Minister of State from 1993-97.
Bindal was named as the Speaker of the assembly. In these elections, the BJP won nine out of the 10 assembly seats in Mandi.
The BJP had swept the recent Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, winning 44 of the state's 68 seats and ousting the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government which was reduced to 22 MLAs from its earlier tally of 36.
Thakur was known for his proximity with Nadda.
Doing his graduation from a Mandi college, he went to Panjab University in Chandigarh for his post-graduation.
"It is unfortunate that Dhumal lost as the entire election was fought on his name".
A decision on Thakur's name was taken unanimously on December 24 at the BJP Legislative Party meeting here, where central observers - Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar - were present.
Like in Gujarat, the council of ministers in Himachal too has only one woman member - Sarveen Chaudhary - wife of a retired army officer and legislator from the Shahpur constituency in the state's politically crucial Kangra district.
Outgoing Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his erstwhile cabinet colleagues were conspicuously absent from the ceremony.
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