Modi to Hon­our Al­lies with Min­is­te­rial Berths

NDA win­ners feted along with vic­to­ri­ous BJP MPs

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - NISTULA HEBBAR

Prime Min­is­ter-des­ig­nate Naren­dra Modi’s meet­ing with all 29 NDA al­lies on Tues­day gave a par­tial pic­ture of the govern­ment in mak­ing.

The im­pres­sive ar­ray of NDA al­lies, who brought 54 MPs to the NDA tally of 338, were given pride of place and were feted along with vic­to­ri­ous BJP MPs. Top party sources say al­lies, es­pe­cial­lyin­stateswhereNDAwantsto ex­pand, would be given min­is­te­rial berths and pa­tron­age.

In­di­ca­tions of this were plain in Modi’s ad­dress to NDA MPs. He made par­tic­u­lar men­tion of TDP chief N Chan­drababu Naidu, Puducherry CM N Ran­gasamy and DMDK chief Vi­jaykanth in his speech, show­ing a def­i­nite south­ward shift in BJP’s plans to grab space. With BJP’s vote share in all these places go­ing up, party sources say ex­pan­sion plans are afoot, Na­ga­land MP Neiphiu Rio is also ex­pected to

find a place Purno Sangma too is likely to be ac­com­mo­dated Min­is­ter of state for NDA’s only Mus­lim MP es­pe­cially in Te­lang ana, See­mandhra and TN. To this end, TDP is likely to get one Cab­i­net rank and a min­is­ter of state. Apna Dal chief Anupriya Pa­tel, whom Modi blessed as his daugh­ter at the meet­ing, is also likely to be ad­justed in the govern­ment. “There is scope for the al­liance to ex­pand in Ut­tar Pradesh,” she told ET. Na­ga­land CM and MP Neiphiu Rio is also ex­pected to find a place in the govern­ment as part of the party’s north­east ex­pan­sion plan. NPP’s leader Purno Sangma too is likely to­beac­com­mo­dated. With in­sta­bil­ity in Bi­har govern­ment, Lok Jan­shakti Party leader Ram Vi­las Paswan is also im­por­tant. A Cab­i­net berth to him and a min­is­ter of state port­fo­lio for NDA’s only Mus­lim MP, Me­hboob Ali Kaiser, is also likely.

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