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Indian General Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Official ECI results out, BJP wins 303 seats, Congress 52

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 India HIGHLIGHTS: The NDA parliamentary committee meeting is also scheduled to take place Saturday, where discussions regarding the government formation and swearing-in of the new Cabinet could take place.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 24, 2019 10:35:31 pm
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Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: The Election Commission of India Friday released the final tally of Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The BJP scripted history by winning a record 303 seats out of 542 whereas the Congress could manage only 52 seats. Narendra Modi, the first non-Congress full majority Prime Minister to be re-elected, has done so with a stronger majority. With the saffron surge across the country, the Congress has been pushed to the margins of national politics — so much so that it has not yet managed to claim the statutory position of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Union Cabinet meeting held Friday passed the resolution to dissolve 16th Lok Sabha. The NDA parliamentary committee meeting is also scheduled to take place Saturday, where discussions regarding the government formation and swearing-in of the new Cabinet could take place. EXPRESS DATA | Election results dashboard

After a historic sweep in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind Friday. Earlier in the day, he met senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi at their residences.

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Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Here's the latest news, a day after the BJP-led NDA's historic win and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election. Follow latest news in TamilBangla

22:06 (IST)24 May 2019
Trump telephones Modi, wishes on historic election mandate

US President Donald Trump Friday telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his "historic" electoral victory during which both the leaders pledged to continue to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership, the White House said.

"President Donald Trump called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him for his Bharatiya Janata Party's historic election victory," according to the White House.

"The President and Prime Minister pledged to continue to strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership, building on the achievements of the last two years." it said.

(PTI)

22:01 (IST)24 May 2019
President Kovind hosts Union Council of Ministers

President Ram Nath Kovind today hosted a banquet in honour of the outgoing Union Council of Ministers, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

21:19 (IST)24 May 2019
PM Modi sets hope for his new term
21:14 (IST)24 May 2019
How BJP humbled Congress in Rajasthan after Assembly polls debacle

Five months after the BJP lost the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, the party made a thumping comeback in the state Thursday, winning all 25 Lok Sabha seats along with its allies.

In most Lok Sabha constituencies of Rajasthan, the Congress candidates could never take the lead, and by Thursday evening, 15 of the 24 BJP candidates in the state were leading by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. The Congress ended up drawing a blank – the same fate it had met in 2014.

Hanuman Beniwal from the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, who had allied with the BJP and contested the elections as the NDA candidate from the Nagaur constituency, also won against Congress candidate Jyoti Mirdha by a margin of 1,81,260 lakh votes. Read more

20:34 (IST)24 May 2019
Lok Sabha polls: Only 5 super rich candidates taste victory, richest one loses deposit

It was a mixed outing for super rich candidates as five of them emerged victorious and an equal number suffered defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. Prominent winners include Congress' Nakul Nath, son of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, while Jyotiraditya Scindia was among big losers, as per the EC data.

The country's richest candidate Ramesh Kumar Sharma, who fought as an independent from Patliputra parliamentary seat in Bihar, lost his deposit as he secured only 1,556 votes. Sharma had declared a net asset of Rs 1,107 crore in his nomination papers.

(PTI)

20:16 (IST)24 May 2019
Congress can never die, country needs it: Ashok Gehlot

The Congress can never die and the country needs it, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asserted Friday and said the party will again reach out to people to ascertain the reasons for its drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls. The senior Congress leader said the BJP played on emotions and sentiments of the people and never fought on real issues.

"People's mandate in a democracy is topmost and the Congress has protected it all these 70 years since Independence and accepted it with humility. I am pained that in this election the campaign was not issue-based and there was nothing for the farmers, poor, villages, backwards, Dalits and there was no discussion on providing jobs to youths," he told PTI.

"The BJP did politics only on religion, caste, nationalism and the bravery of soldiers. Rahul Gandhi did a lot to try and make the campaign issue-based. But, no vision for future was given and no achievements were listed and the BJP won over people by speaking lies. People got swayed and voted for them," he said.

(PTI)

19:53 (IST)24 May 2019
Official ECI results out, BJP wins 303 seats, Congress 52

The Election Commission of India Friday released the final tally of Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The BJP scripted history by winning a record 303 seats out of 542 whereas the Congress could manage only 52 seats.

19:17 (IST)24 May 2019
Congress Working Committee meets tomorrow at 11 am

The Congress Working Committee will meet Saturday at 11 am to discuss the election results. The meet can also decide on the future of Rahul Gandhi as the president of the Congress after the grand old party suffered successive defeats in the Lok Sabha elections. 

19:06 (IST)24 May 2019
From Shatrughan Sinha to Manvendra Singh: How most political turncoats failed to win in Lok Sabha polls

Political leaders often switch parties before major polls in a bid to remain on the winning side, but that strategy does not appear to have worked in this Lok Sabha election as most turncoats failed to make it to Parliament, Election Commission data showed Friday.

Over 75 candidates had switched sides before the election, hoping to push their chance to become Members of Parliament, but at least 47 of them lost. Read more

19:04 (IST)24 May 2019
President accepts resignation of Union Cabinet

The President accepted the resignation and requested the Prime Minister and the Union Council of Ministers to continue in office till the new Government is formed.

19:03 (IST)24 May 2019
PM Modi meets President Ram Nath Kovind

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Prime Minister tendered his resignation along with the Union Council of Ministers.

18:32 (IST)24 May 2019
Modi cannot remove Article 370, 35-A from J&K: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot remove Article 35-A and Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the prime minister should make efforts to unite the people of the country instead of dividing them.

"Let him be as powerful as he (Modi) likes, he cannot remove Article 370 and article 35-A (from the state of Jammu and Kashmir)," Abdullah told reporters here.

"Our right of Article 370 and Article 35-A should be protected. This is very important for us. We are soldiers of this country not enemies of this nation," he said.

(PTI)

17:47 (IST)24 May 2019
Union Cabinet passes resolution to dissolve 16th Lok Sabha

Union Cabinet meeting held Friday has passed the resolution to dissolve 16th Lok Sabha. The new cabinet could be announced Saturday after NDA's Parliamentary meet.

17:13 (IST)24 May 2019
Ivanka Trump congratulates PM Modi for election win

US government advisor and President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump Friday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his emphatic victory in the Lok Sabha elections. 

17:07 (IST)24 May 2019
'Don't believe in selling religious aggression..': Mamata after election results
16:30 (IST)24 May 2019
Ideology of the killer of Mahatma Gandhi won and ideology of Gandhi lost: Digvijaya Singh

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who lost to BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Friday said it is worrying to see the ideology of Gandhi losing to that of Nathuram Godse. "Today in this country, the ideology of the killer of Mahatma Gandhi won and the ideology of Gandhi lost. This is a cause of concern for me," ANI quoted him as saying.

16:23 (IST)24 May 2019
Mamata Banerjee is a vindictive woman: BJP MP from Barrackpore

Arjun Singh, elected BJP MP from Barrackpore, West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee is a vindictive woman, if you are with her your are right, if you're not with her you're wrong. She knew if I leave it will be a big setback for her and it is evident. That is why she has resorted to violence. (ANI)

16:18 (IST)24 May 2019
Only one Left candidate manages to secure deposit in West Bengal

All but one Left Front candidates now have the ignominy of losing their security deposit in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, a state which it had ruled continuously for 34 years till 2011.

Except CPI(M)'s Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya who got 21.04 per cent of the votes polled in Jadavpur, no other Left Front candidate has been able to achieve the required 16.6 per cent of the votes to retain their deposit money of Rs 25,000 each, according to Election Commission data.

In India, candidates for election to the Lok Sabha pay a security deposit of Rs 25,000. For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, the amounts are Rs 12,500 and Rs 5,000 respectively. Any candidate who fails to secure more than one-sixth (16.6 per cent) of the total valid votes cast would have to forfeit his or her deposit.

(PTI)

15:55 (IST)24 May 2019
NDA parliamentary party to meet tomorrow

The NDA parliamentary committee meet will take place in Central Hall Saturday at 5pm.

15:48 (IST)24 May 2019
PM Narendra Modi to call on President Ram Nath Kovind later today

After winning a historic mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind later today. Earlier in the day, he met senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi at their residences. 

Decoding 2019 Lok Sabha elections verdict Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP chief Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Speaking to BJP workers in New Delhi on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I will not do anything with ill intention or bad desire. I may make mistakes. I will not do anything for myself but I assure you, every moment of my life and every cell in my body will work non-stop to ensure that the country keeps moving forward.”

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He promised the bitterness exhibited during the campaign would be pushed behind. “Whatever happened during the election is behind me. We have to move forward, we have to take everyone along for the good of the country. We must remember the Constitution is supreme,” the Prime Minister amid chants of “Modi Modi” by party workers.

READ | Rise and rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Drawing an analogy from the Mahabharata, Modi said, “Just like Lord Krishna said post Kurukshetra battle that he was on the side of Hastinapur, 130 crore Indians have said today, they are on the side of India.” Visibly overwhelmed with emotion, Modi told his party men: “In 2014 when I approached you did not know me, but in 2019, you gave me a bigger mandate when you started knowing me.. You filled this fakir ki jholi (poor man’s bag).”

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