Newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Sujanpur, Narender Thakur, on Tuesday took oath in the state assembly here.
Vidhan Sabha speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail administered the oath to the MLA in his chamber.
Before taking oath, Narender Thakur was welcomed in the Vidhan Sabha premises by BJP state chief Satpal Singh Satti, former presidents and sitting MLAs Jairam Thakur and Suresh Bhardwaj, besides other party legislators.
After taking oath as legislator, Narender attributed his victory to prime minister-designate Narendra Modi, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and the BJP workers. "This victory is victory of Modi, Dhumal and BJP workers," he said.
Talking about his priorities he said, Sujanpur assembly segment faces acute crisis of drinking and irrigation water. "I will work for development of my assembly segment and give priority to irrigation and drinking water issues," he added.
Narender, son of BJP stalwart Jagdev Chand Thakur, had recently re-joined BJP and contested the assembly bye-election from Sujanpur and defeated Anita Rana, wife of Rajinder Rana, the Congress nominee from Hamirpur Lok Sabha constituency, by a margin of 556 votes.
In the past, Narender had unsuccessfully contested four assembly and Lok Sabha elections. For the first time he contested the assembly poll in 1994 after the sudden demise of his father Thakur Jagdev Chand. In 2003, he contested under the banner of 'Mitra Mandali' after being denied BJP ticket and managed to get more than 10,000 votes. After this, he joined the Congress and contested Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections on Congress ticket against Anurag Thakur and Prem Kumar Dhumal in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
Sujanpur seat felt vacant after Rajinder Singh Rana resigned in March this year to contest the Lok Sabha polls on Congress ticket.