While there is no confirmation yet on who will get what Cabinet berth, sources say Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Dr Harsh Vardhan, former army chief General (retired) VK Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman and party’s senior Uttar Pradesh leader Kalraj Mishra are likely to be included in it.

According to sources, officials in the Rashtrapati Bhavan called up several leaders this morning fueling speculations that all those who received calls would be a part of Modi’s Cabinet.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday confirmed that party MP Anand Geete would be part of Modi’s Cabinet.

The Shiv Sena had vehemently opposed Modi’s invitation to Nawaz Sharif but one of their MPs would now be taking oath as a Minster in the presence of the Pakistan Prime Minister, which hints towards the persuading skills of the Prime Minister designate.

There are reports suggesting that Modi’s Cabinet would be have around 18-20 Ministers only as against the traditional Council of Ministers that goes up to 40.

Modi on Sunday confirmed on his Twitter account that his Cabinet of Ministers would be small as compared to previous Council of Ministers, justifying his party’s stance of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’.

Modi, who won a stunning mandate in the recently concluded general elections, also made it clear that his Cabinet would have several assembled ministries, which would deliver added strength to them in order to fulfill the aspirations of the people.

“Keeping our commitment to 'Minimum Government, Maximum Governance' we have made an unprecedented & positive change in Ministry formation,” Modi tweeted on Sunday.

“Various Assembled Ministries will be transformed into Organic Ministries for quicker pace of work & better coordination between departments,” he added.

“This is a step towards Smart Governance & will give us added strength to fulfill aspirations of the people,” he further said.

 As per latest reports, Gadkari is likely to become the Minister of Transport, which includes shipping, aviation, railways, surface and highways.

Swaraj is the frontrunner for the Ministry of External Affairs, Jaitley is likely to take over as the country’s Finance Minister, Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar and Menaka Gandhi are also likely to get Cabinet berths while Sumitra Mahajan remains in contention along with Karia Munda for the Lok Sabha Speaker's post.


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