Modi, BJP, RSS in huddle to deliberate upon Cabinet formation

New Delhi: It was a hectic Sunday for the top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who held a series of parleys and consultations, attended by Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, with several party leaders on the Cabinet formation.

Modi met party patriarch L.K Advani and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi at their respective residences in the Capital. According to news reports, Gujarat Bhavan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Delhi office, and BJP president Rajnath Singh’s residence were hubs of consultations as the party looked to finalise the names that will feature in Modi’s Cabinet.

Modi, who was stationed at Gujarat Bhawan here, reportedly also held a series of meetings with his close aide Amit Shah, former chief minister of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa, BJP’s Bihar in-charge Dharmedra Pradhan and BJP General Secretary J.P. Nadda.

Modi’s meeting with Pradhan came on the heels of resignation by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Kumar quit taking moral responsibility for Janata Dal (United)’s rout in the General Election.

JD(U) had been a long-time ally of the BJP and had walked out of the National Democratic Alliance last year when BJP elevated Modi as the chairperson of the party’s campaign committee for the Lok Sabha polls.

RSS General Secretary Ram Lal and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley met party President Rajnath Singh at his residence. Amit Shah was also present at the meeting.

According to reports, consultations also took place at the RSS office in Delhi where senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Kalraj Mishra and Gopinath Munde met the RSS second-in-command Bhaiyyaji Joshi and other senior leaders of the Sangh.

The BJP parliamentary party is slated to meet on Tuesday to formally elect Modi as its leader, paving the way for his prime ministership.

Even as the party has not finalised a date yet for Modi’s swearing- in as the prime minister of India, it is expected to take place this week.

Speculation is rife that Rajnath Singh is eyeing the Ministry of Home Affairs, which Sushma Swaraj is also keen on. L.K. Advani is reportedly keen on becoming the Lok Sabha Speaker.

The contenders for the Ministry of Finance include Arun Jaitley and Arun Shourie, while Nitin Gadkari is reportedly eyeing the post of BJP president.

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