India's Modi grapples with first challenge - filling his cabinet

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By Shyamantha Asokan and Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's prime minister-to-be Narendra Modi was huddled in discussions with close aides and advisers on Sunday, finalizing the names of people to join his cabinet and grappling with the crucial decision of who will be his finance minister. Two days after he won a thumping victory in the general election, there was little clarity about who Modi would include in his team, even in other key portfolios like defense, interior and external affairs. The alliance led by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 336 of the 543 seats in India's lower house of parliament, making it the first time in a quarter of a century that the country will not be led by a coalition government. One of his most important decisions will be whether to name front-runner Arun Jaitley to the finance minister's post.