By Neeraj Bajpai & Malladi Rama Rao New Delhi, May 17 UNI | 2 months ago

A day after Hurricane Moditva swept BJP to power in Delhi, its ripple effect claimed the first state government with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar deciding to quit accepting the verdict.


Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also had decided to resign flagging moral responsibility quotient amidst buzz in power corridors here that several Congress era Governors would like to put in their papers before they are asked to go.

All this has made hopes to flicker brightly among aspirants for ministerial berths, Raj Bhavans, Chief Minister houses and chairmanship of key government bodies and other plum posts.

Prime Minister in waiting Narendra Modi flew into the national capital in the morning for the first time after his resounding election victories in Varanasi and Vadodara, celebrating the occasion with a massive road show.

Later in the evening, he lit up Varanasi while performing puja invoking the blessings of Kashi Vishwanath and offered the traditional Ganga Arti.

The Parliamentary Board of the BJP congratulated him for creating electoral history but left formality of government formation to May 20.

The swearing in ceremony will be a grand gala affair with an estimated 2000 expected to be invited to grace the occasion at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

In the BJP circles, animated discussion is as much on what next in Delhi as to who will succeed Modi in Gandhinagar.

While several names of new and old party faithful and noted technocrats are under consideration for ministerial berths, only a couple of names are being mentioned for the Chief Minister's post in the Gujarat capital.

The Number two in the cabinet Anandiben, Finance Minister Nitin Patel and Energy Minister Saurabh Patel are being mentioned as the likely probables.

Amit Shah, the trusted Modi aide who has delivered Uttar Pradesh on a platter to his leader is also said to be in the reckoning though a view here in Delhi is that he should shoulder much bigger responsibility either in the organization or the Union government.

Modi has been requested to suggest his successor for consideration by the legislature party, according to BJP Chief Rajnath Singh.

Patriarch L K Advani, who is also the lawmaker from Gandhinagar, sources at party headquarters 11, Ashok Road, said is likely to be the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha as the post of NDA chairman has lost its charm after Hurricane Modi made BJP stand firmly on its own at Parliament House. There is no official word though as yet.

In the changed circumstances, the party presidentship has acquired a new significance and again the master strategist and Modi's confidant Amit Shah figures prominently among the probables.

Sources, however, said the question would be addressed only if Rajnath Singh happens to be inducted into the Government to shoulder higher responsibility.

With the expectation that the Modi government will work to deliver on its poll promises from Day One, the buzz in the party circles is that some noted technocrats, economists and management experts could be roped in for key slots along with senior leaders like Dr Murali Manohar Joshi, Arun Jaitley, Manohar Parrikar, M Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj, Ananta Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, B C Khanduri, former Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh and Bandaru Dattatreya from the BJP besides Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), and C M Ramesh (TDP) from among the allies.

(Posted on 17-05-2014)