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Narendra Modi meets LK Advani, MM Joshi, steps up discussions over government formation

IANS | Last Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 01:22

New Delhi: India`s PM-designate Narendra Modi on Sunday met senior party leader LK Advani as well as other leaders including from alliance partners as part of consultations aimed at formation of the new NDA government.

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Modi, who led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha election, met Advani at the latter`s residence here.

He later had discussions with his close aide Amit Shah, and party general secretary JP Nadda.

Modi also met former Karnataka chief minister BS Yedyurappa and Bihar in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan.

A party leader said it was a courtesy call, but they also discussed the formation of the new government.

Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag, and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also met Modi over the government formation.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who won the lone parliamentary seat in his state, also met Modi at Gujarat Bhavan.

BJP president Rajnath Singh also met a number of leaders of the National Democratic Alliance, including newly-elected Lok Sabha member from Tura in Meghalaya and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma.
Modi has a delicate task of forming a government when the BJP has got a majority in the Lok Sabha on its own for the first time.

The ministers and their portfolios have to be decided in consultation with senior leaders, the party`s internal matrix and relative seniority of various leaders, as regional aspirations have also to be taken into consideration.

Also the representation from NDA partners like Shiv Sena, Telugu Desam Party, Shiromani Akali Dal and Lok Janshakti Party has to be factored in.

There has been speculation about the role of the RSS, the ideological fountainhead of BJP, in the process of government formation as it has played a role in sorting out the party`s internal tensions but Naidu as well Madhav ruled it out.

"The question does not arise. The Sangh never interferes in such matters," Naidu said when asked about the role the RSS in formation of new government.

"We are swayamsevaks. We come here to the Sangh headquarters to meet our seniors. That is part of our life.

"There is nothing big about it. This is a task of the BJP, and its leadership is competent enough to take its decisions after consultations among themselves," he said after a meeting with RSS leaders at the organisation`s office here.

Madhav, who was in Jaipur, said the Sangh has not given any guidelines to the BJP or to Modi.

"The RSS never keeps any remote control to perform any role in politics and government," he said.

Besides Naidu, Kalraj Mishra, Pradhan, Gopinath Munde, Harsh Vardhan and Rajiv Pratap Rudy were among BJP leaders who visited the RSS office.

First Published: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 23:51
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