Former BCCI chief Anurag Singh Thakur finds himself in an elite club of political leaders after he was designated as Minister of State in the Finance Ministry.
From being BCCI chief, Anurag Thakur has come a long way and is been trusted by the Modi government to carry the huge burden of expectations of the largest democracy in the world. He has also been picked as a Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Earlier, at an election rally in Himachal Pradesh, recently appointed Home Minister Amit Shah promised to make Anurag Thakur a “big leader” provided voters in Hamirpur elect him with a record margin. At an election rally in Bilaspur on May 12, Amit Shah had urged the voters by saying “You elect Anurag with a record margin, I will make him a big leader”. Son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Anurag will be keen to build on the faith party has shown on him by fulfilling the responsibilities given to him by the party high command. Anurag had won the Hamirpur constituency for the fourth time by defeating Ram Lal Thakur of Congress by nearly Four Lakh votes, a record for the constituency.
Anurag Thakur was also the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from May 2016 to February 2017. The Supreme Court had ordered his ouster as the BCCI president for trying to hinder the implementation of the Lodha committee reforms. He is also the Founder of the Honour Our Women (HOW) Foundation, an initiative that works for creating social awareness about women’s issues, safety and empowerment through seminars, street plays and involvement of various civil society stakeholders, celebrities, journalists and parliamentarians. He was first elected to Lok Sabha in May 2008 in a by poll as a candidate of BJP. In 2000, when he was just 25, Thakur took charge of the then nearly-defunct Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and is often regarded as the principal force behind the building of the world-acclaimed HPCA Stadium at Dharamshala.
Hailing from Samirpur village in Hamirpur district, Anurag did his graduation from the Doaba College in Punjab’s Jalandhar, where his father used to teach before joining politics. A former Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president, Thakur led a march from Kolkata to Srinagar under the banner of ‘Rashtriya Ekta Yatra’ to unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk on 26 January, 2011. Throughout the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and even before that, Anurag has been supported by the party high command because of his political caliber and administration skills.Thakur had also received the ‘Best Young Parliamentarian Award’ in 2011 and remained chief whip of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha.
His meteoric rise through the ranks has helped him enter the ‘Big League’ and big opportunities and challenges lie ahead of him and he needs to prove him at the highest level.