New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah will be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government, say sources. The 54-year-old is likely to handle one of the top four ministries in the government, add sources.
The news emerged in a congratulatory tweet from a BJP leader to Amit Shah hours before PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a second straight term on Thursday.
Besides Amit Shah, Modi's government will include Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Sadananda Gowda, Arjun Meghwal, Kiren Rijiju, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar, Jitender Singh, Suresh Angadi, Babul Supriyo, Kailash Chowdhury, Prahlad Joshi and G Kishan Reddy.
Several first-timers have also made it to the government. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Subrat Pathak, Rattan Lal Kataria, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, RCP Singh, G Kishan Reddy, Som Parkash, Rameshwar Teli and Deboshree Chaudhary are among them.
Amit Shah, who has led the party since 2014 and is credited with its spectacular run in elections, has been the PM Modi's confidant for over two decades. He is widely seen as the man responsible for the BJP winning election after election, including the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Who will be finance minister is a big question after Arun Jaitley wrote to the Prime Minister on Wednesday saying he did not want any responsibility in the government as he needed treatment. Jaitley was one of the chief defenders of the BJP-led government in parliament.