Jai Ram Thakur
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jai Ram Thakur calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, in New Delhi on September 06, 2018.JPG (1).jpg
Leader of the Opposition
Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
25 December 2022
Chief MinisterSukhvinder Singh Sukhu
Preceded byMukesh Agnihotri
6th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh
In office
27 December 2017 – 11 December 2022
Preceded byVirbhadra Singh
Succeeded bySukhvinder Singh Sukhu
Minister of Rural Development
Government of Himachal Pradesh
In office
9 July 2009 – 25 December 2012
Chief MinisterPrem Kumar Dhumal
Member of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
25 December 2012 (2012-12-25)
Preceded byConstituency established
In office
24 March 1998 (1998-03-24) – 22 January 2012
Preceded byMoti Ram
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1965-01-06) 6 January 1965 (age 57)
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseDr. Sadhana Thakur
Residence(s)Village Tandi, P.O. & Tehsil Thunag Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh
Alma mater

Jai Ram Thakur (born 6 January 1965)[1] is an Indian politician, and was the Chief Minister of the state of Himachal Pradesh from 2017 to 2022. He is a five-time MLA in the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, winning continuously since 1998 and has previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party Government of Himachal Pradesh. Thakur was the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj from 2009 to 2012. He is elected to Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Seraj Assembly constituency of Mandi district. He won his first election in the year 1998 from now delimited constituency of Chachiot (Seraj).[2]

Early life and education

Jai Ram Thakur was born to a poor farming family[3] in Village- Tandi, Tehsil- Thunag of Mandi; he was fourth among five siblings – two sisters and three brothers.[4][5] His father's name is Jhethu Ram who used to work as mason[4] and mother's name is Briku Devi.[6]

Thakur who spent his childhood in acute poverty[4] attained his primary education from Kurani School. Then he did graduation B.A. from Vallabh Government College, Mandi, (Graduated in 1987).[4] Later he did Post Graduation (M.A.) from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Family overview

Thakur is married to ABVP colleague Dr. Sadhana Thakur[7] and they have two daughters.[8] Sadhana is a doctor, born to a Kannadiga family in Jaipur and brought up there. The couple has two daughters. Both daughters are studying MBBS in Himachal Pradesh. Elder is already studying in Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda while younger got selected to Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Ner Chowk in the year 2018.[citation needed]


He was introduced to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad during his graduation[4] at Vallabh Government College Mandi, and won first election under the flag of ABVP, beginning his long association with the student organization. He remained Joint Secretary, State ABVP, 1986;[4] Organizing Secretary, ABVP (J&K), 1989–93; State Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha; 1993–95; President: State Bhartiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha,[4] ii) B.J.P. District Mandi 2000–03; Vice President State BJP, 2003–05; and President State Bhartiya Janata Party 2006–09.[4][1]

Elected to State Legislative Assembly in 1998,[4] and re-elected in 2003 and 2007 from Chachiot Assembly Constituency which after the delimitation has been renamed as Seraj.[4] Remained Chairman, General Development Committee & Education Committee; and Vice-Chairman, State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.

In the year 2009, he was inducted to the council of Ministers and given the portfolio of rural development and Panchayati raj.[4] 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.

Elected to the State Legislative Assembly for a consecutive fourth term in December 2012.[4]

Chief Minister

In the 2017 Assembly elections, BJP won a two-thirds majority but its Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal received a shocking defeat from the Sujanpur assembly segment.[4] Considering Jai Ram's strong RSS connections and strong political profile, he was the favorite for the top post and was chosen to lead the state.[4] He was the first to become Chief Minister from Mandi district and he served as the 6th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.[9][10][11] After BJP lost the 2022 legislative elections, Thakur resigned but was asked to continue in his post by the Governor until a new Chief Minister was selected.[12] On 11th December, his successor Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu took oath as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.[13]


See also


  1. ^ a b "Personal Information-Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Who is Jairam Thakur – front runner for Himachal Pradesh CM post after Prem Kumar Dhumal's shock defeat". The Financial Express. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ Sethi, Chitleen K. (27 December 2017). "Jai Ram Thakur's Himachal cabinet has a distinctly Rajput flavour". ThePrint. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Honest and upright, Jai Ram Thakur is spearheading BJP's Lok Sabha campaign in Himachal". Hindustan Times. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Jai Ram Thakur: The rise and rise of Himachal Pradesh's new CM-elect in BJP". The Financial Express. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Shri Jai Ram Thakur". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Jairam Thakur sworn-in as 14th CM of Himachal Pradesh | DD News". ddnews.gov.in. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur married Karnataka girl". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "HP portfolio allocation: CM Jai Ram Thakur retains Home, Finance | DD News". ddnews.gov.in. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Jai Ram Thakur, the Next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  11. ^ "CM probable Jairam Thakur assures Himachal Pradesh of development".
  12. ^ "Congress party stakes claim to form govt in Himachal Pradesh". The Tribune. 10 December 2022. Retrieved 10 December 2022.
  13. ^ "Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu takes oath as Himachal Pradesh CM".
Preceded byVirbhadra Singh Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh 27 December 2017 – 11 December 2022 Succeeded bySukhvinder Singh Sukhu