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Privileged to wear the mantle of my ancestors: Anurag Thakur in the rank of the Territorial Army | India News

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur became the first BJP deputy and serving party minister to become Captain of the Territorial Army as a regular commissioned officer on Wednesday.
The BJP deputy from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh was commissioned into the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant by the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Dalbir S Suhag TA, in July 2016 as a Lieutenant.
“Today I am honored to share that I was promoted to the rank of Captain,” Thakur, who was recently commissioned by his party to handle high-decibel level polls of local DDC bodies in Jammu and Kashmir, told TOI.
“I reaffirm my commitment of service to the people and the call of duty towards Mother India,” he added.
Thakur, who is attached to the 124th Infantry Battalion (TA), Sikh Regiment, also met with Lok Sabha spokesman Om Birla in military uniform.
Former Bharatiya chief Janta Yuva Morcha, 46, who studied at Doaba College in Jalandhar, had one of the longest innings with the BJP youth wing, often leading protests from the front and becoming the face of demonstrations. Statewide street reports from his party against alleged scams and controversies over financial irregularities that were discovered during UPA-2 in northern India involving the family of then-Minister of Railways Pawan Bansal, the former Prime Minister of Himachal Pradesh , Virbhadra Singh, and men involved in the purchase of the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter.

Privileged to wear the mantle of my ancestors: Anurag Thakur in the rank of the Territorial Army | India News

He had joined the TA after passing an exam, an interview in Chandigarh, and a two-week pre-qualification training in Bhopal.
The Territorial Army, which is the second line of defense in the hierarchy, is made up of volunteers who receive military training for approximately one month a year.
TA can be incorporated into the national service in an emergency.
Thakur’s grandfather had served in the military, while his father Prem Kumar Dhumal, an English graduate, taught as a professor at a private university before serving twice as Himachal Pradesh’s chief minister.
“My grandfather and my great-grandfather served in the military. My father raised the issue of RFMOs and I come from DevBhoomi Himachal, which has a long tradition of service in the military. I am glad that I was able to continue in the mantle of my ancestors. It is a privilege to wear the uniform ”.
He further said: “I am honored to serve both in society and in parliament. I will always be ready to serve my country in the call of duty of my regiment in the Territorial Army. ”

Times of India