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Chandrababu Naidu meets Modi

Chandrababu Naidu meets Modi

India Blooms News Service | | 25 May 2014, 12:36 pm
New Delhi, May 25 (IBNS): Eyeing a bigger role for his party in the new Cabinet, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday met Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi in the national capital.
The TDP has six MPs in Rajya Sabha, including two from Telangana, and 16 have been elected to Lok Sabha in this election. 
 
Reports said the TDP is hoping to secure at least four berths in Modi's Cabinet.
 
Meanwhile, with just a day left for the swearing-in ceremony of  Narendra Modi, the list of ministers, who are likely to be inducted into the new Cabinet is expected to be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday, media reports said.
 
According to reports, Modi is heading for a small cabinet with merging of ministries.
 
The last one week witnessed hectic meetings among the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  leaders over the distribution of portfolios.
 
While the Cabinet of the incoming Prime Minister still remains subject of speculation, sources said he is mulling downsizing the government and consolidating offices.
 
Secretaries have been informally asked to give their views on whether some ministries should be clubbed to ensure better coordination and a more efficient government.
 
According to media reports, the moves could be on the line of bringing the Coal and Power Ministries under a single Energy Ministry - a step that has support of the Power Ministry but opposed by the Coal Ministry.