Modi's close aide Amit Shah and BJP general secretary J P Nadda met the Prime Minister designate at Gujarat Bhawan here this morning. Shah later met party chief Rajnath Singh.

Uma Bharti, who won from Jhansi Lok Sabha seat, also met Modi.

Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale, who is eyeing a berth in Modi’s Cabinet, also met the Prime Minister designate.

There was a steady stream of visitors at Rajnath Singh's Ashoka Road residence also. Prominent among those who met the BJP chief were party MPs Maneka Gandhi and Udit Raj and senior Delhi unit leader and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Goel. BJP general secretary Ram Lal also met the party chief.

Similar scene was witnessed on Friday with host of BJP leaders meeting Modi and Rajnath at Gujarat Bhawan for over four hours. Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah were also present during the meeting.

Sources say the discussions between the party's core decision-making group and Modi revolved around who could be part of his Cabinet.

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.

According to sources, there is huge possibility of Rajnath joining the Cabinet. If he is inducted in Modi’s cabinet, the post of party chief may be offered to BJP general secretary JP Nadda.

Nadda, who is the Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh, is known for his close proximity to Amit Shah and former party president Nitin Gadkari.

"Nadda is emerging as the best choice as he suits both the party top leadership and the RSS," a senior party leader said.

On Friday, Rajnath also held separate discussions with senior party leaders as well as with RSS leaders at his residence. 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. Significantly, RSS leader Ram Madhav also met Rajnath at his residence.

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