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Prem Kumar Dhumal

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Preceded by  Virbhadra Singh
Nationality  Indian
Succeeded by  Virbhadra Singh
Constituency  Bamsan

Preceded by  Virbhadra Singh
Name  Prem Dhumal
Party  Bharatiya Janata Party
Constituency  Hamirpur
Role  Indian Politician
Children  Anurag Thakur
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Born  10 April 1944 (age 71) Village & P.O. Samirpur, Tehsil Bhoranj, Distt. Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh(earlier Punjab, British India (1944-04-10)
Similar People  Virbhadra Singh, Anurag Thakur, Shanta Kumar

Political party  Bharatiya Janata Party
Education  Doaba College, Jalandhar

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Prem Kumar Dhumal (pronounced [preːmə kʊmaːrə d̪ʱuːmələ]; born 10 April 1944) was the 12th chief minister of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. He is an Indian politician who has twice been Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh from March 1998 to March 2003 and again from 1 January 2008 to 25 December 2012. Presently, he holds the designation of Leader of Opposition in state assembly.


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Early life

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Prem Kumar Dhumal was born on 10 April 1944 in Samirpur village, Hamirpur district. His father was Mahant Ram. Dhumal holds MA and LL.B. degrees following his education at Doaba College in Jalandhar and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He became a lecturer at a private college in Punjab.

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Dhumal married Sheela, with whom he has two sons, Arun Thakur and Anurag Thakur. The latter is also a politician and has been a member of the 14th and 15th Lok Sabhas.

Political career

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Dhumal became vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in 1982. In 1984, he was selected as the candidate for the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency when the sitting Member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (MLA), and state stalwart Jagdev Chand, refused to stand. Dhumal lost that election, won in 1989 and 1991, and lost the seat to Vikram Singh Katoch in 1996.

After the sudden death of Jagdev Chand in 1993, Dhumal became active in state politics. He was president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh from 1993 and became the state's Chief Minister in March 1998 after winning the Bamsan constituency of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly with a margin of 18,000 votes. He headed the BJP-Himachal Vikas Congress coalition government for its full statutory term of five years and became Leader of the Opposition when the BJP lost power in 2003, winning only 16 seats despite support from the NDA Union government.

The period also saw significant infrastructure developments, particularly of roads, and gave rise to Dhumal being called the Sadak walla Chief Minister.

Dhumal resigned his seat in the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly upon winning the Hamirpur constituency in a 2007 by-election for the Lok Sabha. The by-election came about because of the expulsion of Suresh Chandel, a BJP Member of Parliament who had been involved in a cash-for-questions scandal. A further by-election in May 2008 saw Dhumal replaced as MP by his son, Anurag Thakur.

Dhumal became Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh for a second time after being sworn-in on 30 December 2007 after the BJP won that year's assembly elections. The BJP lost power in the 2012 elections.


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