BJP leader Jairam Thakur took oath as the new chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday morning. Along with him, 11 more ministers were also sworn-in.
Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 52-year-old Thakur, a five-time MLA from Seraj in Mandi, and other ministers which included six new faces.
Jairam is the first chief minister from Mandi district, which is the second largest district in the state. He is the 14th chief minister of the state and the sixth person to adorn the office of the chief minister. He had earlier served as minister from 2009 to 2012. He was state BJP chief from 2006 to 2009.
The new ministers include Mohinder Singh, Krishan Kapoor, Suresh Bharadwaj, Anil Sharma, Sarveen Chowdhary, Ram Lal Markanda, Vipin Parmar, Virender Kanwar, Gobind Thakur, Rajiv Saizal and Vikram Singh.
Apart from the Chief Minister, two ministers are from Mandi and four are from Kangra, which is the largest district in the hill-state. The BJP had won 20 seats in Kangra and Mandi districts.
The cabinet is complete as all 12 berths have been filled while two MLAs would be accommodated as speaker and deputy speaker. Rajiv Bindal will be the speaker of the legislative assembly.
The swearing in ceremony was held at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, BJP veteran L K Advani and a host of union ministers. Several chief ministers of BJP-ruled states were also present including UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Haryana CM ML Khattar and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Thakur was elected leader of the BJP legislature party on Sunday. Thakur was picked as the earlier chief ministerial face picked by the BJP, Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his seat from Sujanpur.
The BJP had won 44 seats in the 68-member house in the recently held Assembly polls in the state, ousting the Congress government in the state.