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May 19, 2014 at 06:34pm IST

Modi keen on MHA, Jaitley MEA, Joshi Defence, Shourie Finance: Sources

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party is holding hectic meetings with the RSS leaders and its allies to chalk out the posts in the Narendra Modi Cabinet. Several BJP leaders are in Delhi to meet Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh, eyeing berths in the Cabinet.

Senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj as well as close Modi aide Amit Shah met the two leaders on Monday. Yogi Adityanath, Varun Gandhi and Gopinath Munde also met Rajnath Singh on Monday.

Sources say that Rajnath Singh may just remain the party President for some more time and not join the Cabinet immediately. This after a section of the RSS wanted Rajnath Singh to continue as the BJP President.

Sources also say that the Home Ministry remains a crucial portfolio for Modi and that if Rajnath is indeed given the MHA, then internal security will be taken out of the MHA and kept with the Prime Minister's Office.

Sources also say that Modi is keen on bringing in Arun Shourie as the Finance Minister. The Defence Ministry, sources say, could be given to Murli Manohar Joshi. When Modi's oath taking ceremony takes place, the top four ministers will also join in oath taking.

Sources also say that Sushma Swaraj is being asked to look at the Human Resource Development Ministry even as she remains keen on the top four ministries. Arun Jaitley may be inducted as the External Affairs Minister, say sources.

Karia Munda is likely to be given the Lok Sabha Speaker's post while party patriarch LK Advani could be asked to remain as a guiding light for the BJP.

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