Govt formation discussions in BJP gain momentum
Consultations within BJP on government formation today gained momentum with Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi holding a long meeting with party chief Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders.
Modi, who will be sworn in on 26 May, remained closeted in Gujarat Bhawan for over four hours with Rajnath, Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley. His confidante Amit Shah was also present but later left.
Sources say the discussions between the party’s core decision-making group and Modi revolved who could be part of Modi’s Cabinet.
Preparations for Modi’s swearing-in on Monday and the list of invitees for the big event were also discussed by top government officials, it is learnt.
Sources said while Modi has sought everyone’s suggestions on Cabinet formation, he has kept the cards close to his chest. Party insiders said Modi is known to get inputs from a wide spectrum but he will take the final call.
NDA ally MDMK chief Vaiko also met Modi and urged him to reconsider the decision to invite Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa for the swearing-in. He wrote to Modi yesterday in this regard.
Rajnath also held separate discussions with senior party leaders as well as with RSS leaders at his residence earlier in the day.
He also met allies - Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal. Akali Dal, one of the oldest BJP allies, hopes to land a berth in the Union Cabinet.
Senior party general secretaries Ramlal, Ananth Kumar and J P Nadda held separate meetings with Rashtrapati Bhawan officials to finalise the list of invitees and discuss the preparations for the swearing-in.