From Rajnath Singh to AK Doval: The ultimate power player list of Modi sarkar
Here are some people who you should watch out for now that the BJP is headed for power.
Not many people are known to enjoy the confidence of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Narendra Modi is known to trust a small group of people to be his point persons in achieving goals. With his entry into the power corridors of Delhi, Modi can be expected to rely on old confidantes and some new ones as he takes charge of the nation's administration.
The BJP Prime Ministerial designate is scheduled to stake his claim to form the new government later today. Post a meeting with his NDA allies, where he will be declared leader of the coalition, Modi will meet President Pranab Mukherjee at around 11.30 am to formally stake his claim.
Although there has been some speculation on who will be a part of the Modi sarkar cabinet, the Gujarat Chief Minister has been playing his cards very close to his chest. All we have at this point are hints and speculation, some more believable than others.
So here is a look at the power players we are likely to see in the new cabinet and other key positions:
Rajnath Singh: He was the rock behind Narendra Modi well before he was even declared the party's prime ministerial candidate. He publicly stood behind Modi even when veterans like LK Advani went against the party's decision and has throughout maintained that there was no question of compromising on the decision to project Modi as the face of the BJP's Lok Sabha election. Rajnath Singh is tipped to be the next Home Minister.
Arun Jaitley: The senior BJP leader has been a supporter of Narendra Modi well before he made his ascent to the national stage. He has been the voice of the party throughout its campaign, attacking the Congress and its leaders at every given opportunity and even contesting his first ever Lok Sabha elections. His opponent in Amritsar has claimed he's a member of the sinister '160 club' in the BJP that has been working against Modi, but Jaitley brushed it aside as a conspiracy theory. Likely to offered a ministerial berth, allies have hinted at the finance ministry, although later speculation has
Amit Shah: Associated with Modi since they were part of the RSS, Shah is his closest confidante and may be the most important person, but perhaps outside the the Modi government. While there is speculation that Shah may be included in the Prime Minister's office, there are also rumours that Shah may stay outside the government and could perform a wide range of activities from continuing to spearhead the party's rise across states to taking up a crucial post in cricketing body BCCI. No matter what he does, he will remain the man who Modi will turn to with any problem.
K Kailashnathan: If there is to be a bureaucrat who will pull all the strings behind the scenes when it comes to policy implementation, it is likely to be this retired IAS officer. The chief principal secretary in the Gujarat government, the level of trust in him can perhaps be judged from the fact that the post was created specially for him after he retired. Considered the architect of Modi's flagship event, Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit, Modi even turns to this bureaucrat for political insights. Kailashnathan is likely to head to Delhi if Modi does and could be the bureaucratic centre for the next government.
Bharat Lal: The unassuming Indian Forest Service official, who is presently Gujarat's resident commissioner in Delhi, could be another bureaucrat who is likely to be elevated to a higher position. Lal has reportedly played an important role in organising important meetings in Delhi for Modi and co-ordinating with the press. He could be doing much more in the Prime Minister's Office in the coming days.
Nitin Gadkari: The former party president wasn't the biggest backer of Narendra Modi initially but has since proven to be crucial to the party's performance in the ongoing election. He may have ruffled ally Shiv Sena, but managed to ensure that the BJP candidates didn't face any hinderance in the form of MNS candidates in Maharashtra. He also serves as a important link with the RSS and could be critical in fire fighting opposition from within the party. Likely to be given a ministry like urban development, Gadkari's importance cannot not be underestimated.
AK Doval: The former Intelligence Bureau chief could be in the next government advising it as National Security Advisor. He may not be a member of the BJP, but he's considered close enough to the party's leadership to get a look in for the post. Described by Hindustan Times as one of India's finest intelligence professionals, Doval met Narendra Modi for an hour yesterday. He is widely tipped to be the next National Security advisor.
HS Puri: The former representative to the United Nations from India could play a major role in the foreign affairs ministry in the next government. Having made the switch to the BJP just before the elections, he's expected to have Modi's ear on all matters related to foreign affairs.
Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh: They aren't going to be leaving their states in order to head to Delhi, but the two chief ministers are leaders who enjoy Modi's confidence. The BJP's prime ministerial candidate has been talking of taking the states along as a team, and these two chief ministers could play a important role in it.
SS Ahluwalia, He is not only the only Sikh MP in the party, he also represents the party in West Bengal, a state where the BJP doesn't have much clout yet. He defeated Bhaichung Bhutia to win the seat of Darjeeling. The other BJP MP from West Bengal is singer Babul Supriyo.
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