The latest development in this regard comes hours after the constituents of 29-party NDA chose Modi as their leader hailing him as a ‘strong personality’ with ‘extraordinary capabilities’ under whom India will prosper and attain a major stature in the world. (JPN)
In his brief acceptance speech, Modi said even though the BJP got a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha polls, the NDA allies will be as important for him as they would have been without it.
Gathered in the historic Central Hall of Parliament, leaders of NDA constituents, including TDP, Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, LJP and Nagaland Peoples' Front, praised Modi’s stewardship and reposed confidence in him.
The NDA leaders have reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan and informed the President about their decision to select the Prime Minister designate as their leader.
The swearing-in ceremony is likely to be held on May 26.
However, as the tug-of-war for important Cabinet portfolios is at full swing within the NDA fold, Modi has shed little light on how his Cabinet would look like, keeping all his cards close to his chest.
Apart from the NDA allies seeking important positions in the Cabinet, several senior BJP leaders are also eyeing key berths in Modi’s group of entrusted ministers.
BJP president Rajnath Singh, senior leaders Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi and Venkaiah Naidu are some of the names that are vying for striking positions in Modi’s Cabinet.
Despite widely-reported friction between senior party leader Swaraj and Modi, the Member of Parliament from Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency will most likely get a respected position in the Cabinet.
With Jaitley, who was widely tipped as the next Finance Minister, losing from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, this highly significant post might go to veteran party leader and economist Arun Shourie.
Jaitley is expected to get the External Affairs Ministry despite his stocks at a low right now. But bearing in mind his closeness and trust with Modi, he would always be in with a shot at getting a highly vital Cabinet berth.
With BJP’s well-known Muslim face Shahnawaz Hussain biting the dust in the Lok Sabha elections, party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will most likely be the only Muslim leader in Modi’s Cabinet.
With lobbying for important berths in the Cabinet at its peak, another poser for Modi and the BJP top brass is how to accommodate Amit Shah in the new government, keeping in mind the criminal cases against him the fake encounter of gangster Sohrabuddin.
Shah has been credited for BJP’s landmark win in Uttar Pradesh where he guided the saffron flag to fly high in 73 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats.
The role of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is also another issue that has been discussed extensively recently by the BJP leaders.
Several BJP leaders have met the RSS off late to thank them for their support in the general elections. It is also said that the meetings also took place to apprise the RSS top brass of the latest happenings in the party.
The RSS has reportedly urged the BJP to keep it in the loop before taking any important decisions.
The latest development in this regard comes hours after the constituents of 29-party NDA chose Modi as their leader hailing him as a ‘strong personality’ with ‘extraordinary capabilities’ under whom India will prosper and attain a major stature in the world.