People of Varanasi have endorsed my silence and made me win with a huge margin, says Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi will reach Varanasi and attend Ganga Aarti in the evening.

India has given its mandate in favour of Narendra Modi-led BJP. And the next Prime Minister of the country is in Delhi for a victory lap and to attend a meeting of the highest decision making body of his party. Here are the highlights of the day:

In pictures: Victorious Narendra Modi reaches Delhi


9.31 pm: Rivals may huddle together to look as Opposition: Modi

9. 23 pm: Non-NDA parties may have to form alliance for Opp status: Modi

8.57 pm: Nitish was left with no option, says Paswan

8.29 pm: Nepal PM congratulates Modi

8.15 pm: Despite Modi wave, 1.8 pc of Gujarat voters went for NOTA

8.12 pm: Bihar Governor D Y Patil today accepted the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his cabinet.

8.09 pm: Eyes on Assembly polls, Maha BJP looks to Amit Shah

8.06 pm: I didn’t even get a chance to campaign, says Narendra Modi.

8.05 pm: Narendra Modi thanks Varanasi voters.

8.04 pm: Narendra Modi thanks Varanasi, says ”Ma Ganga ne mujhe bulaya hai’

8.02 pm: I came to Varanasi as a candidate but as soon as I filed my nomination I became a son of this place, says Narendra Modi

8.01 pm: I thank all the people, says Narendra Modi.

8.00 pm: The people of Varanasi have endorsed my silence and made me win with a huge margin, says Narendra Modi

7.58 pm: Narendra Modi performs Ganga aarti in Varanasi.

7. 38 pm: Resignation is to’emotionally blackmail’ rebel JD(U) MLAs, says BJP

7.16 pm: TMC will play big role in Lok Sabha: Mamata Banerjee

7.09 pm: Modi to be elected leader of parliamentary party on May 20

7.00 pm:   Narendra Modi will lead country to progress, says  Pawan Kalyan

 6.35 pm:   Ready to sink differences with RJD chief Lalu Prasad for forming secular alliance govt in Bihar, says JD(U) chief.

6.16 pm:  Nine sitting MLAs in Gujarat win LS polls

6.15 pm:   A new government will be formed in Bihar and it will be of JD(U), says Sharad Yadav

6.10 pm: Jaya congratulates Modi on ‘magnificent victory’ in LS polls

5.53 pm: Lok Sabha gets 29 new entrants from Maharashtra

5.20 pm: BJP ran a highly divisive campaign in the country, says Nitish Kumar

5.19 pm: My good wishes are with Narendra Modi. He has the mandate to lead the country, says Nitish Kumar

5.18 pm: Have called a meeting of the JD(U) Legislature Party to elect a new leader, says Nitish  Kumar

5.17 pm:  Breaking alliance with BJP was not a mistake, says Nitish Kumar

5.16 pm: MLAs will chose their next leader, says Nitish Kumar

5.15 pm: To break away from the BJP was a correct decision which was taken on the basis of our principles, says Nitish Kumar

5.14 pm: I led the campaign and whatever the results are, the responsibility is mine, says Nitish Kumar

5.13 pm: My decision to resign is not unilateral. Party will meet and discuss the poll loss, says Nitish Kumar

5.12 pm: Options for formation of alternative government open, says Nitish Kumar

5.11 pm: Haven’t recommended the dissolution of Bihar legislature; have submitted my and the cabinet’s resignation: Nitish Kumar

5.10 pm:  I wish luck to the new government of BJP, says Nitish Kumar

5.09 pm: I have not asked for dissolution of assembly, says Nitish Kumar

 5.08 pm: I hope the promises made by the BJP will be fulfilled, says Nitish Kumar

5.07 pm:  Our party will discuss the election results, says Nitish Kumar

5.05 pm: I have resigned as chief minister of Bihar, says Nitish Kumar

5.04 pm: I respect the mandate of the people and take the responsibility for the results in Bihar, says Nitish Kumar

5.02 pm: Narendra Modi reaches Varanasi, to perform prayers on the banks of the Ganga.

4.42 pm: The Nitish Kumar government will fall on its own in the next 2-3 months and the people will have to give a fresh mandate for a good state government by October-November this year, said LJP president Ramvilas Paswan.

4.40 pm: Nitish Kumar resigns

3:15 pm: Narendra Modi likely to address workers in Varanasi today.

1:48 pm: BJP Parliamentary party to meet on May 20. The decision about the date of oath ceremony will be taken in the meeting itself, informed party president Rajnath Singh.

1:32 pm: BJP Parliamentary board meeting ends.

1:20 pm: Council of ministers resigned.

1:10 pm: Manmohan Singh resigns as Prime Minister of India.

12:46 pm: Senior BJP leader L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and party president Rajnath Singh felicitated Narendra Modi at BJP headquarters in Delhi.

12:45 pm: BJP parliamentary board meeting set to start in Delhi

12.21 pm: Union Cabinet recommends dissolution of 15th Lok Sabha.

12.17 pm: According to reports, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi may offer to resign from party posts.

12.15 pm: All Congress ministers have tendered their resignations.

12.12 pm: The first beneficiaries of this victory are the people of this country, says Modi.

12.10 pm: My victory is a result of the efforts of the BJP workers, says Modi.

12.08 pm: Narendra Modi addresses supporters in Delhi.

12.02 pm: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj arrives at the BJP headquarters.

11.50 am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is holding the last Cabinet meet of UPA-II.

11:30 am: Modi to address BJP Parliamentary board meeting in Delhi for the first time after historic victory of  the party.

11:12 am: Narendra Modi headed towards BJP headquarters at Ashoka Road.

10:56 am: Narendra Modi reached Delhi.

10:40 am: Modi to meet RSS leaders and is expected to reach Varanasi for Ganga Aarti later in the day.

10:32 am: Sea of people gathered near Delhi airport to welcome Narendra Modi ahead of victory march.

10:28 am: BJP President Rajnath Singh reached Delhi to welcome Narendra Modi

10:11 am: I wish the new government every success: Manmohan Singh

10:10 am: I pray for great success for our nation: Manmohan Singh

10:08 am: We as country have seen many successes in the last 10 years: Manmohan Singh

10:07 am:  The country has potential for vast development, said Manmohan Singh.

10:03 am: My life and tenure has been an open book, said Manmohan Singh in his farewell speech.

10:02 am: Outgoing PM Manmohan Singh delivered a brief farewell speech.

10.00 am: NSG commandos have scanned the BJP headquarters ahead of the arrival of Narendra Modi.

9:20 am: Modi will hold victory procession and will have meeting with BJP leaders today.

9:15 am: Narendra Modi headed to Delhi.

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