Narendra Modi holds meeting with BJP top brass on government formation

Ahead of the crucial decision on Cabinet formation, PM-designate Narendra Modi on Friday held discussions with top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders here.

Updated: May 23, 2014, 23:50 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial decision on Cabinet formation, PM-designate Narendra Modi on Friday held discussions with top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders here.
Party president Rajnath Singh along with Nitin Gadkari were present in the meeting.

Modi held the meeting at the Gujarat Bhawan here in Chanakyapuri with his close aide Amit Shah and senior party leader Arun Jaitley, who is likely to be inducted in the Cabinet despite losing in the Lok Sabha elections.

The meeting of the BJP leaders, who have emerged as the core decision making group within the party since the elevation of Modi, is believed to have discussed the composition of Modi’s Council of Ministers.

Earlier in the day, Akali Dal chief and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy-CM son Sukhbir Badal met Rajnath Singh at his residence. Akali Dal, one of the oldest BJP allies, may land a berth in the Union Council of Ministers.

Significantly, RSS leader Ram Madhav also met Rajnath Singh at his residence amid the impression that the Sangh fountainhead will have an important say in the formation of the Council of Ministers.

Modi landed in the capital on Thursday evening after handing over the Chief Ministership of Gujarat to loyalist Anandiben Patel.

BJP plans to organise a grand event for Modi’s coronation, but a controversy has already erupted over the invite sent out to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the ceremony.

MDMK chief Vaiko, a BJP ally, met Modi as well as Rajnath on Saturday urging them to reconsider the decision to invite Rajapaksa for the swearing-in.

While heads of states of various SAARC countries have been invited, others include all Chief Ministers, former Union Ministers, leaders of various parties and members of the diplomatic corps in the Capital.

Among the party invitees include all MPs and ex-MPs, Ministers in BJP-ruled states and presidents of party units in states and UTs, besides all national executive members.

Modi landed in the capital yesterday evening after handing over the chief ministership of Gujarat to loyalist Anandiben Patel.

With agency inputs