Prem Kumar Dhumal Biograph
Prem Kumar Dhumal was the 12th and former Chief Minister of the state of Himachal Pradesh , representing the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), from 30 December 2007 to 20 December 2012. This was the second time he was elected as Chief Minister of the state; the first time was from March 1998 to March 2003. Born on April 10th 1944 in Samirpur to Capt.
Mahant Ram and Phulmu Devi, Dhumal has a post-graduate degree in English and Law and began his career as an assistant in the Life Insurance Corporation of India. Apart from academics, Mr. Dhumal displayed a keen interest in sports and was captain of the college volleyball team for three consecutive years.
Mr. Dhumal began his political career in 1984, when the then sitting MLA of Hamirpur, Late Thakur Jagdev Chand refused to contest from the Hamirpur Parliamentary Constituency. Dhumal lost two elections in a row, finally winning in 1991 and representing the Hamirpur Parliamentary Constituency till 1996.
Dhumal has contributed greatly to the wide spread road network in the state resulting in easy connectivity. Apart from that he has also introduced ground breaking initiatives in the education sector of Himachal Pradesh, ensuring three pucca rooms in each primary school across the state. Following the success of this venture, many other states tried to replicate this model.
Mr.Dhumal has also been honoured with the Golden Peacock Award twice; the first time for the most innovative management practices in six key areas of governance, and the second time, for following the clean development mechanisms and hence also being awarded the title of the “Green Chief Minister”. Apart from this, he has also served as the leader of opposition in the state legislative assembly of Himachal Pradesh, before he won the Lok Sabha by-elections from Hamirpur in 2007. In December 2007, the BJP won the Vidhan Sabha and he became Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh for the second time.
On 20th December 2012, Prem Kumar Dhumal submitted his resignation from the post of chief minister of Himachal Pradesh to Governor Urmila Singh. Dhumal blamed the poor selection of candidates for BJP’s defeat in the 2012 assembly polls.