Modi to Resign as CM on May 21
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.