New Delhi: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief of the Board of BJP Amit Shah met 5 hours to conclude the Union Cabinet members who on Thursday are going to oath with the PM. Whether Mr Shah would join the cabinet has been discussed but sources called it “speculation.” A BJP section wants him to remain a leader in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana before the crucial assembly elections. The BJP will be victorious in these countries by 2020. In a string of state assembly polls – elections will be held in Delhi and Bihar next year – now, sources have indicated, the party needs complete attention.
The main Ministers for Home Affairs, Finance, Defense and Foreign Affairs may make some changes. There is a lot of debate about the Ministry of Finance. There are speculations, according to sources, that Arun Jaitley, who is unhappy, will probably return as finance minister.However, a few days ago, Mr Jaitley met with officials of the Finance Minister.
No major changes to the line-up after that were indicated by sources. Most ministers could keep up, but little change is likely to ensure that the new areas that embraced the party are Bengal, Odisha and the Northeast.
BJP Bihar ally Lok Janshakti Party adopted a resolution stating that the government will remain with party patriarch Ram Vilas Paswan.Earlier, Mr Paswan said he wanted to see Chirag Paswan’s son in the cabinet.
Leaders of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Partnership) nations will attend the oath ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday night. Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan are included.
The ceremony will also be attended by leading opposition leaders such as West Bengal CEO Mamata Banerjee and her Delhi colleague Arvind Kejriwal. Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekar Rao is also present.