Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had raised few eyebrows after she was largely absent during the election campaign despite her name being in the party's star campaigner list for most of the states.

The most rational explanation behind Sushma’s non-appearance from party’s election campaign is believed to be her staunch opposition to Modi’s appointment as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

Alongside party stalwarts Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma had also opposed Modi’s name as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

However, with a NDA government at the Centre now just a mere formality as per reports, Sushma’s political future, which is deemed to be on its last legs, may get a much-needed lifeline.

Reports coming from various quarters suggest that Sushma might get the Foreign Ministry or the Defence portfolio.  Keeping in mind her vast experience in the Parliament in handling critical issues, it would not be wrong to say that the Foreign Ministry portfolio suits her best.

According to reports, senior BJP leaders have assured Sushma of a respectable position if the NDA forms government at the Centre.

Reports also suggest that BJP president Rajnath Singh and his predecessor Nitin Gadkari met Sushma today to convey the party’s stand.  
Meanwhile, senior BJP Arun Jaitley is in line to become the country’s next Finance Minister if Modi-led NDA government takes over at the Centre.

Jaitley, who is locked in a fierce Lok Sabha battle against former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh from Amritsar seat, is a close confidante of Modi and had worked unfailingly in Gujarat to ensure Modi’s comprehensive win from there.

There have also been suggestions that if Modi becomes the next Prime Minister, BJP president Rajnath Singh might relinquish his post in the organisation to take up the Defence Ministry.

Usually, the Defence Ministry in a Cabinet is given to a person, who is considered as second-in-command after the Prime Minister.
With both Modi and Rajnath calling all the shots during the Lok Sabha elections, this kind of situation is also a possibility after the results.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar, who has a clean image in country’s political circuit, is touted to be the next Home Minister.

If the NDA manages to win a clear majority then Modi might be sworn in as country’s next Prime Minister on May 20, as per reports.

(JPN)

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