25 October, 2020

Himachalis Are Honest, Tough... Patriotism Runs In Their Veins: Jai Ram Thakur

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur speaks to Outlook Editor-in-Chief Ruben Banerjee about his achievements, disappointments and all that he wishes to achieve in the remaining three years of his term

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Himachalis Are Honest, Tough... Patriotism Runs In Their Veins: Jai Ram Thakur
outlookindia.com
2020-03-14T10:49:27+05:30

Shimla is bitingly cold, but Jai Ram Thakur, 55, exu­des the sort of personal warmth that defines a quintessential organisational man. Pitchforked to the chief minister’s chair in Himachal Pradesh after the BJP’s chosen CM-candidate lost the elections, Thakur has been at the helm and consequent limelight for little over two years. Over steaming hot coffee, he spoke to Editor-in-Chief Ruben Banerjee about his achievements, disappointments and all that he wishes to achieve in the remaining three years of his term. Excerpts:

You have been a longtime legislator, but not many exp­ected you to be the CM. Are you surprised with your sudden leap to prominence?

Not really, because I have been working in the party organisation for long. Also, (then) party president Amit Shahji had during the ­election campaign ­indicated that I would be given a bigger role. We had a chief ministerial candidate, but when he lost, I was chosen. There was no ­surprise in...

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