Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur meets PM Modi

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Amidst reports of Cabinet expansion in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday.

An official spokesperson said Mr. Thakur thanked PM Modi for visiting the State to inaugurate the Himachal Rising Global Investors’ Meet earlier this month.

However, the official spokesperson did not mention anything about the Cabinet expansion. The spokesperson said the CM discussed various Union government-aided projects and requested for their speedy approval and support to the State government. The Prime Minister assured of all possible support to the State, he added.

Talking to the PTI on October 22, Mr. Thakur had said the Himachal Pradesh cabinet would be expanded anytime after results of the Assembly bypolls were declared on October 24.

The exercise is to fill two Ministerial Berths, which have been lying vacant for the past several months.

Anil Sharma, who was the Power Minister in the State government, had to resign after his son contested on the Congress ticket from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat this year.

Mr. Sharma had refused to campaign for the BJP candidate from Mandi, Ram Swaroop Sharma.

Kishan Kapoor, who was the Dharamshala MLA and Civil Supplies Minister in the State government, had resigned after he was elected to the Lok Sabha in May from Kangra.

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