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PK Dhumal: A 'Road King' chief minister

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister PK Dhumal today stands tallest among the state BJP leaders despite being at least 10 years younger to most of othem.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2003 13:53 IST

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister PK Dhumal today stands tallest among the state BJP leaders despite being at least 10 years younger to most of othem.

At 58, he is described as 'inexperienced' by his detractors both in BJP and Congress. But his success in running a minority government for full five-year term has proved them wrong. He is most likely to retain the CM's chair if BJP wins this time too.

He is credited with a lot of developmental projects, especially in power and roadways sector and thus has even earned the nickname --'Road King' from his admirers. However, that success has been tainted by corruption charges against him and a few of his Cabinet colleagues.

He was elected to Himachal Assembly in March 1998 and was sworn in as Chief Minister on March 24 the same year.

Chief Minister: He was sworn in as Himachal Chief Minister on March 24, 1998.

Son of Capt.Mahant Ram, Dhumal was born on April 10, 1944 at village Samirpur in Hamirpur district. AnM.A, LLB, he has studied in Doaba College (Panjab University), Jalandhar and Guru NanakDevUniversity, Amritsar.

A teacher, industrialist and agriculturist, he married Mrs Sheela Devi on May 23, 1972 and today is the father of two sons.

Positions held:

-- State Secretary BJYM, 1980-80.
-- Vice President BJYM, 1982-85
-- General Secretary BJP, 1985-93
-- President- BJP 1993-98.

Lok Sabha: He was elected to Lok Sabha in 1989 and again in 1991 from Hamirpur Parliamentary Constituency;

Legislative Assembly: Elected to Himachal Assembly in March 1998

Chief Minister: He was sworn in as Himachal Chief Minister on March 24, 1998.