‘Advised to stay in Delhi for next 24 hours’, says Manohar Lal Khattar after Modi’s high tea meeting

‘He only calls who he wants to induct in his cabinet’, says former Haryana CM

New Modi cabinet meeting Pime Minister-designate Narendra Modi with NDA leaders during an interaction over tea in New Delhi | PTI

Former Haryana Chief Minister and Karnal MP Manohar Lal Khattar said the prime minister has advised him to stay in Delhi for the next 24 hours as the new Modi-led government will be sworn in the evening.

Talking to presspersons after attending a high tea meeting hosted by Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, Khattar said, “There is a ritual of Narendra Modi that he calls people to his residence for a tea meeting. He only calls them who he wants to induct in his cabinet. Some formalities were to be done, which I have completed. He has asked me to stay in Delhi for the next 24 hours," ANI reported. Khattar said besides him, former union minister Rao Inderjit Singh and Faridabad MP Krishan Pal Gurjar also attended the meeting.

BJP leader Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also confirmed that he is part of the Modi 3.0 government and thanked the prime minister for including him in the union cabinet. Son of former Bihar Chief Minister and Bharat Ratna awardee late Karpuri Thakur, Ramnath Thakur confirmed he will be part of the new Modi government.

Narendra Modi hosted a meeting of prospective ministers of the new NDA government and top leaders of his party at his residence in Lok Kalyan Marg on Sunday. The prime minister reportedly advised the MPs to work towards the completion of pending projects and implementation of 100-day plan prepared by the government earlier.

A list of probable names who will likely be inducted to the new Narendra Modi cabinet was out on Sunday. 

As per the list, the BJP may retain senior leaders Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Mansukh Mandaviya, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Kiren Rijiju Jyotiraditya Scindia, Shobha Karandlaje, Arjun Ram Meghwal and G Kishan Reddy. Nirmala Sitharaman, the outgoing finance minister, will also be taking oath.

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