Modi meets Shah ahead of new cabinet’s swearing-in


NEW DELHI: Ahead of the new cabinet’s swearing-in on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, the official residence of the PM.

Modi and Shah have held several rounds of discussions in the last two days ahead of government formation.

According to the sources, the list of union ministers is likely to be sent to the Rashtrapati Bhavan soon.

BJP allies like Shiv Sena, JD(U), AIADMK, LJP, Akali Dal and Apna Dal are set to be represented in the government.

There is also a buzz about Shah, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar and is a key architect of the BJP's thumping victory of 303 seats in the Lok Sabha, joining the government.

If Shah joins the Modi cabinet, he is likely to get one of the four major portfolios; Finance, Home, Defence or External Affairs.

Senior party leaders like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Smriti Irani are likely to join the second Modi government after being its members in its first avatar.

Narendra Modi will be sworn in for a second term as the Prime Minister on Thursday at 7 pm in Rashtrapati Bhavan, along with members of the Union Council of Ministers.

The ceremony is expected to be attended by thousands of dignitaries from the Centre and the states.

As per the report, Chief Ministers of all states, state unit chiefs of BJP, state ministers, present members of Parliament, former members of the Parliament have been invited for the oath-taking ceremony.

On May 23, Prime Minister Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party bagged a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office.

The Bharathiya Janata Party had secured 303 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The party’s tally along with that of its allies (NDA) has been pushed up to 352 in the 17th Lok Sabha.

With inputs from PTI

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