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‘Never imagined to be first CM from Mandi’

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday said that he had never imagined that he would become first CM from the Mandi district.

“I had never imagined this all will happen so early as Mandi district earlier also was bereft of the CM’s candidate,” he said while addressing a public meeting in Seraj area of Mandi district.
Thakur said from 1967 to 1982 it was Thakur Karam Singh who made sincere efforts for the coveted post but missed the mark.

Similarly, in 1993 former Union minister Sukh Ram who was a strong contender but was not able to make it which made all of us to think, why not CM from Mandi this time, he said, adding that he was grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose choice was to select CM from Mandi district at last.

He said that the people started guessing as to who would be the MLA from Seraj but the people and the women forced, besides the youth gave full mandate.

“I am indebted to them for the gift they gave,” he said, adding the people of Seraj were equal to the deities for him.

Earlier Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah had hinted at a rally in Thunag during assembly polls for higher responsibility to me. But I never imagined that I will be elevated to the post of CM.

“I have promised my national leaders that after five years the BJP government will repeat itself and never allow the corrupt Congress regime to regain power,” he said, adding the government has adopted zero tolerance towards corruption.

The Congress has left debt liability of Rs 46,500 Crore which was an issue of grave concern but still I assure that funds won’t be any constraint in name of development, he said.
Thakur also paid obeisance at Dev Matloda Temple in Shikawari panchayat of Seraj district.