"It's a sole discretion of the Prime Minister whom he makes a minister," Joshi said on Sunday, when asked about possibilities of his inclusion in Modi’s Cabinet.

Joshi had last week met the Prime Minister amid speculation that he could settle with Defence Ministry in the Union Cabinet.

Sticking to the formula of ministers below the age of 75 years, Modi had not included any leader above this age in his 45-member Cabinet. Najma Heptulla (74) and Kalraj Mishra (73) are the only two leaders above 70 years in Modi-led government.

80-year-old Joshi was the Union Human Resource Development Minister in former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre from 1999-2004.

Sources said that Joshi has offered to work under Modi. Party insiders said that he may also be considered for an advisory role.

Joshi further expressed confidence that the ministers in Modi’s Cabinet will pay attention towards the problems of Kanpur and would subsequently address it.

“There are many ministers included in the Cabinet from Uttar Pradesh like Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra who are acquainted with problems of Kanpur and will address those too,” Joshi said.

When asked about the ongoing tussle between the Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre over power crisis in the state, he said, “The state government should at first take steps to stop power theft in the direction of resolving the issue.”


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