Lata has been getting a new job and is now being seen as the prime ministerial candidate for the Modi government.
The veteran economist is reportedly being given a “head start” in the new cabinet and has been tasked with making an assessment of the economic prospects of the government.
The Times of India reports that the government may also be considering Lata as the finance minister.
The government has not yet announced the appointment.
The BJP government has been trying to woo Lata’s constituency and it has been attempting to woo her supporters, who are mostly poor and the largest section of the electorate in the country.
Lata is also known for her outspoken opinions.