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Modi readies for new role as PM

Modi readies for new role as PM
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Narendra Modi Readies for New Role as PM, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is tipped to form the BJP-led NDA government, if the Exit Polls become a reality, is readying himself for the key post.

  • Scramble for berth in his Cabinet begins
  • Those close to RSS stand good chance
  • Anandiben Patel may become Gujarat CM
  • UP Chief Secy Javed Usmani likely to be Cabinet Secretary

Narendra Modi Readies for New Role as PMNew Delhi: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is tipped to form the BJP-led NDA government, if the Exit Polls become a reality, is readying himself for the key post. Besides choosing his own team in the government, which he will do in tandem with the RSS, he is expected to overhaul the governance model at the Centre, to send across the message to the people that he means business and is serious to get down to work, without losing any time.

Having created hype, Modi would prefer to live up to the image by taking up some innovative methods to address the core issues that agitate the minds of the people, who voted for him cutting across the age and caste barriers.

With barely two days left for countings, speculation is already on the shape of the Modi government. It is expected that Modi will be compelled to include all the senior leaders in his Cabinet, giving plum posts to them, in order to project a united picture.

Sources stated that former BJP President Nitin Gadkari, who has been cleared of the charges against him by the IT Department, is eyeing the party president post, in case Rajnath Singh prefers to quit the post and joins the Modi Cabinet.

Gadkari met Narendra Modi on Monday and also met BJP President Rajnath Singh and BJP Patriarch L K Advani. He is acting as a pointsman for the RSS, trying to read the mind of the senior leadership on their role in the government.

RSS would prefer both Advani and Sushma Swaraj getting plum posts in the Cabinet. As far as Murli Manohar Joshi is concerned, Modi, sources stated, would not like to take him in his Cabinet. It was not only on the seat of Varanasi that Joshi tried to create a fuss by resisting to vacate the seat for Modi but had recently sided with Varanasi Congress candidate Ajay Rai on the issue of his sporting the hand symbol, while casting his vote.

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would be stay put in Gandhinagar till the poll results are out. On Tuesday, Modi chaired the BJP core group meeting and held confabulations with the leaders to choose his successor as the Gujarat Chief Minister. It is learnt that Modi prefers Anandiben Patel, the longest-serving MLA from Gujarat. Her name is likely to be announced only after the May 16 poll results and after the BJP Legislature Party meeting.

Having established himself as the most charismatic and successful leader, who is all set to secure the highest tally for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, Modi was busy meeting his party leaders and supporters. He was greeted by senior leaders in Gujarat, who have made a point to call on him, congratulating him for his outstanding performance, as per the Exit Polls. Besides Nitin Gadkari, who met Modi in Gandhinagar yesterday and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who met him today, it is learnt that Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah would call on him on Wednesday to chalk-out the future course of action on the government formation.

Besides selecting his own team in the government and reshuffling the party organisation, Modi, it is learnt, is also interested to revisit the functioning of the government, making it transparent and putting it in a fast-forward mode. To dispel the misgivings among the Minorities, Modi, sources stated, may appoint Javed Usmani, presently Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, as the new Cabinet Secretary, after the tenure of incumbent Ajit Seth. Javed Usmani is an old Vajpayee PMO hand and an experienced officer, on whom the Government can rely on for smooth functioning of the Government. Besides, he may revisit the welfare schemes, which were the flagship programmes of the Congress-led UPA Government. Even if he may not scrap MGNREGA, he may like to reorient it. Primarily he would give push to the infrastructure projects and particularly focus on Tourism Ministry, which has the potential for neeting foreign exchange.

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