Modi to constitute new cabinet

Modi to constitute new cabinet
President RN Kovind addressing the outgoing Council of ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan Friday. (RB Pics)
Spl. Correspondent/Agencies NEW DELHI, MAY 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/24/2019 11:26:20 AM IST

 Union Cabinet recommends dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha

As the BJP swept to power with a spectacular performance for a second term, all eyes are now on government formation, amid speculation that several new faces including party president Amit Shah may be brought into the new cabinet.

A Cabinet meeting was held at 5 p.m. on Friday at the South Block where a resolution for the 16th Lok Sabha was passed. The meeting was followed by Narendra Modi and his outgoing Council of Ministers tendering their resignations to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Many party leaders are of the view that Shah will join the Modi Cabinet and be given one of the four key ministries– Home, Finance, External Affairs and Defence.

Sources said that Amit Shah is likely to be the new Home minister. 

The party will reward new faces from states like West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana where it has made significant inroads.

With Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj having health issues, there have been talks whether they will be part of the new dispensation or not. After the Cabinet’s recommendation, President Ram Nath Kovind is now expected to dissolve the present Lok Sabha, the term of which is ending on June 3. 

Later in the evening, President Kovind hosted a banquet in honour of the outgoing Union Council of Ministers, led by Prime Minister, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Sources said that Modi submitted the recommendation to dissolve the present Lok Sabha and the resignations. 

The President accepted the resignation and requested the Prime Minister and the Union Council of Ministers to continue in office till the new Government is formed

The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3. The process to form a new House will be initiated when the three election commissioners meet the president in the next few days to hand over the list of newly-elected members. 

Besides the prime minister, the Union Council of Ministers has 60 members, including cabinet ministers, ministers of state with independent charges and ministers of state. 

In the absence of the PM, the Union Council of Ministers passed a resolution praising the leadership of Modi and the work done by the government in the last five years.  The present Modi government had taken oath on May 26, 2014.

Earlier during the day, PM Modi met veteran BJP leader LK Advani in the presence of the party chief Amit Shah and also Murli Manohar Joshi.

NDA to meet today to formally elect Modi

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting will take place Saturday where all the formalities of electing Narendra Modi as its leader will take place. The meeting will take place at the Central Hall of Parliament at 5 p.m. 

After the resolution is passed, Modi is expected to meet the President to stake claim to form the new government. Following this, the date for the oath-taking ceremony of PM Modi and his new cabinet will be fixed. 

With Modi already being announced as the prime ministerial candidate of the alliance, the meeting is being considered a mere formality.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Varanasi on 28 May, followed by a visit to Gujarat on 29 May, a BJP source cited by CNN-News18 said. The swearing-in is likely to happen on 30 May.


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