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Thakur in 2018
|Member of the Indian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
|Constituency||Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh|
|President of BCCI|
10 May 2015 – 2 February 2017
|Preceded by||Shashank Manohar|
|Succeeded by||Ashutosh Nath|
|Born||24 October 1974|
Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Residence||Samirpur, Hamirpur District, Himachal Pradesh|
|Alma mater||Doaba College, Jalandhar|
|Occupation||(Former) Board of Control for Cricket in India, (President), Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, Member of Parliament|
Anurag Singh Thakur (born 24 October 1974) is a member of 16th Lok Sabha from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh in India. He is the son of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. He was first elected to Lok Sabha in May 2008 in a by poll as a candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party. He is three time MP, being a member of 14th, 15th and 16th Lok sabha. He was the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) from May 2016 to February 2017. He stepped down from his position of BCCI president after the Supreme Court ordered him to cease and desist works within BCCI. On 29 July 2016 he became the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a regular commissioned Officer in the Territorial army.
Early life and education
Thakur was born on 24 October 1974 at Hamirpur. He is the eldest son of Prem Kumar Dhumal and Sheela Devi. He studied at Dayanand Model School, Jalandhar. He later completed his BA from Doaba College, Jalandhar.
In May 2008, Thakur succeeded his father when he was elected as Member of Parliament of India's 14th Lok Sabha from Hamirpur constituency. He was re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009, and again re-elected in 2014 to the 16th Loksabha. Later, Thakur was appointed the president of the All India Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. Anurag Thakur led march from Kolkata to Lal Chowk in Srinagar under the banner of "Rashtriya Ekta Yatra" sponsored by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) to unfurl the National Flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on 26 January 2011.
Thakur is a 3rd time elected Member of Parliament (LS) from the Hamirpur constituency in Himachal Pradesh—Member of Parliament (M.P) – 16th Lok Sabha (Won by a record margin) (Hamirpur,HP). Thakur is one of the youngest Parliamentarians in India today and received the Best Young Parliamentarian Award in 2011.. Anurag Thakur is currently appointed to chief Whip of BJP in lok sabha on 18 July 2018.
Thakur played a Ranji trophy match against Jammu & Kashmir in November 2000 when he was the president of HPCA and appointed himself as the chairman of selectors of HPCA Ranji trophy cricket team. He has assisted in the creation of the International Level Cricket Stadium at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. He has played one match in first-class cricket representing Himachal Pradesh and leading the team as captain in a match against Jammu and Kashmir in the 2000/2001 season. Jammu and Kashmir won by 4 wickets.
He was the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) until Supreme Court of India sacked Anurag Thakur as president on 02/01/2017. Early on in his administrative tenure, he gained fame for possibly being the first cricketer to have made his first-class debut after taking over as the president of the state cricket association in July 2000. This debut was his one and only first-class cricket match. This experience in first-class cricket enabled his induction into the BCCI national junior selection committee, satisfying the condition that only first-class players could be national selectors.
Thakur has continued to rise up the ranks to the position of Secretary for BCCI. On 22 May 2016, Thakur became the president of BCCI, and in January 2017, he was removed from the post by the Supreme Court.
Thakur 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.
In July 2016, Anurag Thakur became a part of the territorial army, becoming the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a regular commissioned Officer in the Territorial army.
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