Leading Rajput community in HP politics

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After speculations of Jairam Thakur from Mandi becoming the front runner for the position of Chief Minister, evidently it seems the ‘Devbhoomi’ would again get a Rajput Chief Minister. Of the 2 likely candidates (Jairam Thakur & JP Nadda) one is a Rajput and other Brahmin.  

Even though the hill state falls at the second place after Punjab in terms of population in SC, ST and OBC community, yet no one could make it to the top spot (CM) from this community. Though no census on caste basis are being conducted in the country yet Himachal Pradesh, the hill state is to witness a Chief Minister from other castes except Rajput or Brahmin. 

The state has nearly 37.5% Rajputs, 26.5 % SC, 18% Brahmins, 16.5% others and 1.5% Gaddi popoulation (2014 lok sabha elections), besides a minimal percentage representing other religions. However the truth remains that of the 16 Chief Ministers who have assumed charge of the state till date, only twice a Brahmin (1977 & 1990) made it to the hot seat, rest every time it was a Rajput.

Interestingly Himachal Pradesh which is known for its democratic, unbiased and peaceful lifestyle too, offers the hot seat only to a Rajput or a Brahmin.

After the unexpected defeat of the BJP CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal’s defeat, Jairam has taken the lead for CM candidature. Experiencing the experimental mindset of the BJP high command,  in UP, Maharastrastra and Haryana probability of Jairam sitting on the hot seat are considered likely.

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