HYDERABAD: Ahead of prime minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on Monday, the chief minister-designate of truncated Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu arrived in Delhi on Saturday night, while his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhara Rao will be in the national capital by Sunday evening, to attend Modi’s coronation.
Naidu’s Delhi visit is keeping his party’s newly elected MPs, who are aspiring to be Union Ministers, on tenterhooks, as the TDP chief is keeping his cards close to his chest with regard to the number of berths the yellow party is being offered by Modi in the soon-to-be-formed Union Cabinet.
Soon after he landed at the national capital, the TDP chief began a series of meetings with BJP top leaders, including party president Rajnath Singh, probably to decide his party’s share of ministerial berths in Modi’s Council of Ministers.
According to sources, Naidu has already been informed that the yellow party would be given only a few berths in the Union Cabinet as Modi is particular about not having a jumbo cabinet.
Sources said only two posts - one Cabinet Minister post and one Minister of State post - are being offered to the TDP.
Naidu, however, is said to be lobbying for one more MoS post with independent charge.