As preparations for government formation gained momentum, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Sunday called on party patriarch L K Advani after holding consultation with a number of party leaders including his key aide Amit Shah here ahead of the formation of the next government headed by him.
Apparently to signal that the 86-year-old leader is being kept in the loop over key decisions, party general secretary Ananth Kumar also visited Advani’s residence before Modi’s arrival.
The meetings at Advani’s residence come a day after the BJP Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making body of the party, met here for the first time after the landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections to decide issues related to government formation.
Earlier on Sunday, Modi held talks with BJP leaders here. Modi held a meeting with his close aide Amit Shah, party general secretary J P Nadda, former chief minister and Karnataka strongman BS Yedyurappa and Bihar incharge Dharmedra Pradhan.
Political developments in Bihar in the wake of resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are understood to have also come up for discussion, party sources said. BJP is maintaining a wait-and-watch stand in the state, they said, in the backdrop of the JD(U) legislature party meeting on Sunday to elect a leader.
Meanwhile, Modi will be formally elected as the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party at its meeting here on May 20 ahead of taking oath as Prime Minister. BJP chief Rajnath Singh has said the NDA allies will also be invited for a meeting on the same day where the leader of the coalition will also be chosen.
Modi arrived in Delhi on Saturday to a rousing welcome by the party and supporters and went to Varanasi where he took part in ‘Ganga aarti’ before returning to the national capital last evening.