Some senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Shourie, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Ananth Kumar are expected to find a place in the Cabinet, sources said here. Agencies
Leaders of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies, like Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Akali Dal and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), are also likely to be included in the Council of Ministers.
Modi, without revealing who will get what, has told his confidantes that he would like to see a ‘small and compact’ Cabinet, the sources said.
An expansion of the Cabinet, if necessary, will be undertaken after a few months, they added.
Modi is expected to restructure the government, which will include merger of some ministries, to ‘remove anomalies’ for the effective delivery of governance. These include some key Finance and Commerce departments besides some others including those relating to education.
To give final touches to the Cabinet and portfolios, Modi held a series of meetings with party leaders, including M Venkaiah Naidu, Amit Shah, Ananth Kumar, Uma Bharti and JP Nadda, whose name is doing the rounds for taking over as party chief in case Rajnath Singh joins the Cabinet.
Chief of NDA ally Republican Party of India (RPI) Ramdas Athawale also met Modi amid his hope of getting a Cabinet berth.
There was a steady stream of visitors at Rajnath Singh's Ashoka Road residence also.
Prominent among those who met the BJP chief were LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan and his son Chirag, who has also been elected an MP.
Paswan is hoping for a Cabinet rank Ministry as well as a Minister of State berth for his party.
Leader of another NDA ally Apna Dal Anupriya Patel also met Rajnath Singh and later termed it a ‘courtesy’ meeting.
On being asked whether she expected a berth in the Union Cabinet, she said, "You should ask the BJP. They will take a call on this."
Sources, however, said that the Apna Dal which won two seats in Uttar Pradesh is also seeking to find a place in the new Cabinet.
Rajnath also met senior party leaders as also the RSS pointsman for BJP Suresh Soni and some allies.
Others who met the party chief include MPs Maneka Gandhi and Udit Raj and senior Delhi unit leader and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Goel. Former Union minister in the NDA government ID Swamy also met Singh.
BJP general secretary Ram Lal also met the party chief, besides JP Nadda.
Preparations for formation of government have gained momentum with top BJP leaders engaged in a series of confabulations ahead of Modi's swearing in on Monday.
Some senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Shourie, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Ananth Kumar are expected to find a place in the Cabinet, sources said here.