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New Delhi: Ahead of its possible government formation, a group of four top leaders, including Narendra Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh, has emerged as Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core group that is expected to take all key decisions.

The meeting of the group, which also includes former party chief Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley, took place on Wednesday in Ahmedabad.

Party sources said that henceforth the core group would be taking key decisions.

Earlier, these decisions were taken by the party’s parliamentary board, the highest decision-making forum which also has party veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, besides Sushma Swaraj, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot and Ramlal as its members.

All four members of the core group are already members of the board.

Sources also suggest major changes in the party with Gadkari likely to be brought back as party chief and Rajnath drafted for a key ministry in the government.

The core group met on Wednesday in Ahmedabad to decide on whether party veterans like Advani and Joshi will have a role in the government.

“As far as the roles of veteran leaders are concerned, I will call a party meeting to which they will be invited. After thorough discussions with all big leaders, we will decide what role will be played by which person," Singh told reporters at Ahmedabad airport on way to Gandhinagar to meet Modi.

The BJP is forecast to win the most seats in the 543-seat parliament but the exit polls have been proved wrong in the past.

Regional parties hinted they might join Modi’s coalition after the final results are declared.

Attention was specially focused on the powerful All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) headed by J. Jayalalithaa, which rules Tamil Nadu and is expected to win about 20 seats in the national parliament.

K. Malaisamy, a senior AIADMK leader, said Modi “is a great friend of Jayalalithaa" even if “they may differ politically".

“If he becomes prime minister, then madam (J. Jayalalithaa) would like close ties," Malaisamy told NDTV.

Jayalalithaa, a former movie star, was more circumspect, telling reporters: “Let’s wait for the results."

Regional parties often bargain hard for cabinet portfolios or special financial assistance in return for supporting a national government.

Amit Shah, Modi’s closest aide who has predicted the alliance will win 290 to 305 seats, said the BJP will “accept support from any party even if it has just one elected MP if it believes in our agenda".

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