Indian Express

Cabinet: BJP leaders call on Modi, Rajnath

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Amid speculation regarding changes in the BJP organisation and Cabinet formation, several BJP leaders Saturday met Narendra Modi at Gujarat Bhawan, while senior RSS functionary Suresh Soni was learnt to have met Rajnath Singh amid indications the BJP chief may be nudged to move from party organisation to the government.

Among those who met Modi were former party chief Venkaiah Naidu, former Madhya Pradesh CM Uma Bharti and general secretaries Amit Shah, J P Nadda and Ananth Kumar. While BJP’s alliance partner RPI’s leader Ramdas Athawale, called on Modi at Gujarat Bhawan, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu met Rajnath in the evening. Naidu is slated to meet Modi on Sunday regarding TDP members’ participation in the government. Several other alliance partners — Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP) and Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal) — also called on Rajnath at his residence.

The TDP, Shiv Sena and the RPI have mounted pressure on the BJP to ensure allies get a fair share of representation in the government.

These meetings hold significance in wake of the fact that Modi Friday held a high-level meeting with Rajnath, former party chief Nitin Gadkari and senior party leader Arun Jaitley to arrive at an understanding regarding government formation.

While party leaders remained tight-lipped about the portfolios of individual leaders, sources suggest Rajnath and Gadkari may be asked to join the government. , indicating that the party will also have to finalise the name of the new party president.

Party sources claimed individual leaders have not yet been intimated about their roles in the government and suggested that they may be told about it only late Sunday night or Monday morning.

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