Anurag Thakur
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Anurag Thakur

Anurag Singh Thakur (born 24 October 1974) is a member of the Lower House of Parliament in India from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, and also serves as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs. He is the son of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2008 in a by poll as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1] He is a four time MP, being a member of 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th 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.[2] On 29 July 2016, he became the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a regular commissioned Officer in the Territorial Army.[3]

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.[4] He studied at Dayanand Model School, Jalandhar and completed his BA from Doaba College, Jalandhar.[]

Political career

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, 16th Loksabha in 2014, and 17th Loksabha in 2019. Later, Thakur was appointed the president of the All India Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.[5][6] In May 2019, Thakur became Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs.[7]

Cricket career

Anurag 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.[8]

Cricket administrator

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.[9]

Thakur has continued to rise up the ranks to the position of Secretary for BCCI.[10] On 22 May 2016, Thakur became the president of BCCI, and in January 2017, he was removed from the post by the Supreme Court, Supreme Court also initiated perjury & Contempt of Court proceedings against him that later dropped when he tendered unconditional apology.[11]

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.[]

Territorial Army

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.[12]

Personal life

Thakur married Shefali Thakur, daughter of Gulab Singh Thakur, former Public Works Department minister in the government of Himachal Pradesh, on 27 November 2002.[13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ Kesavan, N. (2 January 2017). "The rise and fall of Anurag Thakur". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Anurag Thakur, former BCCI president, apologises to Supreme Court". 6 March 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Anurag Thakur becomes first serving BJP MP to join Territorial Army". The Indian Express. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Nora Chopra (20 November 2011). "Anurag or Varun for UP? BJP cannot make up its mind". The Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ ECI Winners List Himachal Pradesh Archived 27 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Lok Sabha Members Himachal Pradesh". Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  8. ^ "Anurag Thakur - Anurag Thakur Official Website-Home".
  9. ^ "Who is Anurag Thakur?". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Joint Secretary of BCCI". Archived from the original on 22 December 2011.
  11. ^ "How ouster from BCCI will affect Anurag Thakurs political career". Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Anurag Thakur - Anurag Thakur Joins Territorial Army".
  13. ^ Deepika (7 November 2017). "BJP candidate from Joginder Nagar assembly seat in Himachal: Gulab Singh Thakur".
  14. ^ "Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: Seven-time MLA ready for 'final' poll innings from Joginder Nagar". 4 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Himachal Pradesh Polls: Joginder Nagar set for triangular contest". 31 October 2017.
  16. ^ " ? ? , 4 ". Dainik Bhaskar. 9 November 2017.

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