His Cab­i­net to have Only his Shadow

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VOTE SHARE Who’s go­ing to be in a Modi sarkar has been a mat­ter of me­dia spec­u­la­tion aided by many off-record brief­ings from BJP lead­ers. Af­ter the em­phatic ver­dict for Modi, no one in BJP or even RSS is will­ing to spec­u­late. A Modi sarkar will be de­cided en­tirely by Modi, that’s the line from the party and the pari­var. Modi, a se­nior RSS leader said, should choose the party pres­i­dent as well, if Ra­j­nath Singh moves to the Cab­i­net. A meet­ing on Satur­day be­tween BJP and RSS brass may de­cide the main con­tours of Modi coun­cil of min­is­ters, a se­nior BJP leader said. “But all the main calls will be his,” this leader said. The NDA govern­ment is ex­pected to take oath on May 21. “We will know about min­istries then,” an­other BJP leader said. Whether Arun Jait­ley’s de­feat in Am­rit­sar would be an im­ped­i­ment in his be­ing brought into the Cab­i­net was also a ques­tion that Modi alone can an­swer, BJP lead­ers said. “If he wants Jait­ley, who will stop him”, this leader said. How­ever, BJP lead­ers were unan­i­mous that af­ter this man­date, lead­ers known to have op­posed Modi will have to ac­cept his de­ci­sions. “Whether Ad­vani or Joshi will get any­thing...who knows,” a BJP leader quoted ear­lier said. “And Sushma Swaraj will have to ac­cept what Modi of­fers her”. “Modi plays his cards close to his chest... there’s no way to say what he has got planned,” an­other BJP leader said.

Modi’s achieve­ment has sur­passed that of all his pre­de­ces­sors, in­clud­ing Va­j­payee and Ad­vani

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