His Cabinet to have Only his Shadow
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