Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi was on Wednesday conferred Russia`s highest civilian award for foreign nationals, "Order of Friendship", for his championing role in fostering ties between the two countries.
BJP veterans like Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and VK Malhotra may be accommodated as governors as their names are doing the rounds for appointment in gubernatorial posts in key states like Karnataka, Maharashtra and Haryana.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and Lok Sabha MP from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan`s name is reoccuring within the party for the post of Speaker in the Lower House of Parliament, as per sources.
While speculations are doing the rounds about the Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi`s Cabinet, sources close to the BJP revealed that the party`s senior leaders Subramanian Swamy and Sushma Swaraj may get Finance and Defence ministries, respectively.
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the headquarters of the outfit here today and reportedly batted for respectable positions in new government for "sidelined" saffron leaders of his ilk.
Claiming that a UN resolution had earlier found hands of Pakistani terrorists behind the Samjhauta blasts, Murli Manohar Joshi said blaming "saffron terror" for the act was nothing but an attempt to defame the Hindu community.
The Lok Sabha broke into peels of laughter - and even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s usually impassive face creased into a smile - during BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi`s speech on the otherwise contentious issue of corruption.