Shimla: Hamirpur BJP MP Anurag Thakur, who was raised in the Union Cabinet reshuffle and enlargement on Wednesday, is the fifth Himachal Pradesh leader to hold that rank. Other state leaders who have served in the Cabinet include Shanta Kumar, Virbhadra Singh, Anand Sharma and JP Nadda. Veteran Congress leader Sukh Ram had held the portfolio of Union Minister of State for Telecommunications (independent office). Chief Congresswoman Chandresh Kumari of Kangra District was also sworn in as Cabinet Minister under the UPA on October 28, 2012, but by then won the parliamentary constituency of Jodhpur.
Anurag’s promotion to Cabinet has left his supporters elated as they feel his hard work, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, has assured him. CM Jai Ram Thakur, who was the first to congratulate Anurag on his rise to Cabinet, said it was a proud moment for a small state like Himachal because under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state has gained importance in the organization of the party and the Union. government. “Anurag Thakur’s Cabinet rank is an honor for our state and I congratulate Bhai Anurag Thakur for it on behalf of Himachal Pradesh,” he said.