Modi to Re­sign as CM on May 21

The Economic Times - - Econ­omy -

These lead­ers said Modi will lead a BJP del­e­ga­tion to meet Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee on Tues­day af­ter­noon dur­ing which he is ex­pected to present the list of 282 BJP MPs and let­ters of sup­port from the party’s NDA part­ners to stake claim to form the next gov­ern­ment. Be­fore that the BJP Par­lia­men­tary Party will meet in the Cen­tral Hall of Par­lia­ment House to for­mally elect Modi as their leader and prime min­is­ter. Se­nior lead­ers of the 31 par­ties that are part of NDA or have ex­tended sup­port to it will then join the BJP MPs to en­dorse Modi as PM. Modi will leave for Man­i­na­gar, his assem­bly con­stituency in Gu­jarat, on Tues­day evening and is ex­pected to ad­dress a pub­lic meet­ing there.He will re­sign from his post of Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter on Wed­nes­day, May 21, after which his suc­ces­sor in the state will be cho­sen by BJP MLAs. Anandiben Pa­tel is the front-run­ner for the post. Two cen­tral ob­servers -- Om Mathur and Thavar Chand Gehlot -- are ex­pected to over­see the elec­tion of the new Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter. Mean­while, Modi re­ceived sev­eral se­nior lead­ers at the Gu­jarat Bhawan in Delhi through­out the day. Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj was among them. Also sum­moned to meet him on Mon­day evening was Union Home Sec­re­tary Anil Goswami, min­istry of­fi­cials said, and the meet­ing trig­gered much spec­u­la­tion in bu­reau­cratic cir­cles about the pos­si­ble rea­son for the in­ter­ac­tion be­cause he was still to as­sume of­fice. While some of­fi­cials pointed out that the home sec­re­tary’s meet­ing with Modi may have largely got to do with the cer­e­mo­nial lo­gis­tics of the swear­ing-in func­tion, spec­u­la­tion was rife that he had held dis­cus­sions on more sub­stan­tive mat­ters. This was be­cause the sec­re­tary took a de­tailed brief­ing on hot-but­ton in­ter­nal se­cu­rity mat­ters such as J&K, the Naxal sit­u­a­tion and in­fil­tra­tion from across the bor­der from his ju­nior of­fi­cials in the home min­istry be­fore meet­ing Modi at 4:45 pm in the Cap­i­tal. Goswami re­fused to an­swer any queries on the agenda of the meet­ing.

Mean­while, the babu­dom, in tor­por for much of the sum­mer months while the elec­tion sea­son played it­self out, also ap­peared to be fi­nally stir­ring into ac­tion and get­ting ready for a new gov­ern­ment. The coun­try’s se­nior­most bu­reau­crat, Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Ajit Seth, or­dered all de­part­ments to gird up their loins to wel­come a new gov­ern­ment.

The cabi­net sec­re­tary has asked all sec­re­taries to the gov­ern­ment of In­dia to pre­pare short Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tions with just 10 slides from every depart­ment on its “achieve­ments, fail­ures and the way for­ward”, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with his or­ders told ET. This pre­sen­ta­tion is to be kept ready for the new prime min­is­ter, who will be briefed as soon as he set­tles in the South Block.

Ac­cord­ing to pro­to­col and the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act, a bu­reau­cratic brief­ing for the prime min­is­ter or min­is­ters is done after the pres­i­dent ad­min­is­ters the oath of se­crecy.

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