Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday met for five hours to finalise the members of the union cabinet, who will take oath with the PM on Thursday. There have been talks about whether Mr Shah would join the cabinet, but sources have called it "speculation". A section in the BJP wants him to remain as party chief ahead of crucial assembly elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana. A victory in these states will take the BJP past the half way mark by 2020. With assembly polls in a string of states - elections in Delhi will be held next year and Bihar in 2021 - the party needs full attention now, sources indicated.