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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

Modi takes a dig at TV channels over Cabinet speculations

Agencies  Gandhinagar, May 21, 2014
First Published: 21:36 IST(21/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:00 IST(21/5/2014)

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at television news channels for speculating about probable ministers in his cabinet.

“So far, the media has formed eight to 20 cabinets. Every television news channel has formed its own cabinet. However, I am yet to form my cabinet (as PM).

Even if I combine all these cabinets of these television channels, I don't think it would give an accurate result,” Modi said in a lighter vein during his speech welcoming Anandiben Patel as Gujarat’s next chief minister.

“Some channels went ahead and distributed portfolios to these probable ministers. This actually made my job easy. I will ask them to send a copy (of their cabinet),” Modi said while laughing.

The PM-designate has kept his cards close to his chest over government formation. “He is hearing everyone out and will make his mind known at the right time,” a BJP leader considered close to Modi recently said.

Modi will take oath as India's 14th prime minister at the ceremony that is expected to be attended by over 3,000 invited guests and will be telecast live. The swearing-in ceremony would be held in the open forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace.

The sprawling forecourt lawns of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is being readied for a gala swearing-in ceremony next Monday in the presence of several foreign dignitaries.


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