Anurag Thakur is a member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. He is the son of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, member of 14, 15 and 16th Lok sabha and is also a third time MP.
On 2nd January, 2017, he was removed by Supreme Court of India as the president of BCCI with a showcause notice issued in regards to charges of perjury and contempt of Court. The decision came under Justice RM Lodha Committee’s recommendations for a revamp of the BCCI were also taken in serious considerations, with the SC disqualifying all the board and its state association office bearers who have failed to meet the new norms set by the panel. Now let’s know something else about him.
Here are some interesting facts about Anurag Thakur:
1. Anurag Thakur was born on 24 October 1974 at Hamirpur. Anurag 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 in Jalandhar itself.
2. In May 2008, Thakur succeeded his father when he was elected as Member of Parliament of India for 14 Loksabha from Hamirpur constituency.
3. He was elected to the 14th and then in 15th Lok sabha and again re-elected in 2014 to the 16th Loksabha. Later, Thakur was appointed the president of the All India Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
4. Anurag Thakur Successfully 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.
5. Anurag Thakur has played one match in first-class cricket representing Himachal Pradesh and led the team as the captain in a match against Jammu and Kashmir in the 2000/2001 season. Jammu and Kashmir won by 4 wickets.
6. He is the president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.
7. 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. This debut was his one and only first-class cricket match.
8. 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. Also, he was first elected to Lok Sabha in May 2008 in a by poll as a candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party. He won once again from Hamirpur representing BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
10. He is married to Shefali Thakur, daughter of Gulab Singh Thakur, former Public Works Department minister in the government of Himachal Pradesh and has two sons named Jaiaditya and Udayveer, aged 12 and 6, respectively.