New ministers get calls from Amit Shah, after PM Modi picks his team

PM Modi to meet his new ministers at home before oath ceremony at 7 pm
New ministers get calls from Amit Shah, after PM Modi picks his team

Amit Shah called several MPs of the BJP and its allies on Thursday informing that they would be part of the new team of Narendra Modi, who is set to begin his second innings as prime minister after leading the NDA to an impressive win in the Lok Sabha elections.

Among those Shah called at the end of his meeting with PM-elect Modi are BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadananda Gowda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Giriraj Singh, Babul Supriyo, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, according to news agency ANI.

“I received a call from Amit Shah. He said that I should be there at-home office of PM at 5 o’clock and swearing-in ceremony at 7 o’clock. At 5 o’clock PM will have tea with cabinet and other ministerial colleagues and then we’ll go to Rashtrapati Bhavan to take oath,” DV Sadananda Gowda told ANI

On Tuesday, the BJP’s Bihar ally Lok Janshakti Party passed a resolution picking party chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan as its representative in the Modi government, putting to rest speculation that his son Chirag Paswan may be inducted this time. The party won all the six seats it contested this time

The PM Modi-led NDA stormed to power winning 352 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats, restricting the Congress tally at 52.

The new council of ministers is expected to retain most veterans and speculation is also rife about Shah possibly moving to North Block if Modi decides to induct him in the government.