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Election results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi meets President Kovind, stakes claim to form government

Election results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: At the Central Hall of Parliament, BJP president Amit Shah announced that Modi has been unanimously chosen as the leader of 353 NDA MPs.

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PM Modi meets President Kovind, stakes claim to form government. (Source: President of India/Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met President Ram Nath Kovind and staked claim to form the government. Prior to this, PM Modi was unanimously elected as the leader of BJP parliamentary party at the meeting of National Democratic Alliance.

At the Central Hall of Parliament, BJP president Amit Shah announced that Modi has been unanimously chosen as the leader of 353 NDA MPs. Following his announcement, a host of NDA leaders such as SAD’s Parkash Singh Badal, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan backed the proposal. Modi’s swearing-in ceremony could take place on May 30 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He won with a margin of 4.79 lakh votes.

Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s offer to step down from his position has been rejected unanimously by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), said party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala. The party has requested Gandhi to carry out a complete overhaul and a detailed restructuring at every level of the party. A plan to this effect shall come into force at the earliest, he added. The CWC chaired by Rahul Gandhi held its first review meeting after its humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

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New govt will leave no stones unturned to fulfill nation's dreams: Modi

Narendra Modi said President Kovind has given him a letter designating him as the Prime Minister and thanked people for giving a him a huge mandate. He said his government will leave no stone unturned to fulfill nation's dreams. "Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas is a mantra that shows the path to development for every region of India. I once again thank the people of the nation and assure them that the new govt will leave no stones unturned to fulfill your dreams and expectations."

President requests Modi to indicate time of swearing-in ceremony

Modi meets President Kovind, stakes claim to form government.

Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet President Kovind

Minorities made to live in fear, we have to end this deception: Modi

Stating that minorities were made to live in fear by those who believed in vote-bank politics, Narendra Modi asserted that his government has to put an end to that deception and take everyone along.

Shun VIP culture, Modi tells NDA leaders

Narendra Modi asked NDA MPs to shun VIP culture and said they should stand in queues wherever required, like other citizens. He also asked them to not trust media reports on names being considered for ministerial berths and assured them that responsibilities will be given as per norms.

Maintain restraint in speaking to media: Modi to NDA leaders

Narendra Modi called on NDA leaders to maintain restraint in speaking to media and said some statements made for publicity often trouble them. 

We are for those who trusted us and also for those whose trust we have to win over: Modi

In his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told NDA MPs that they are for those who trusted them and also for those whose trust they have to win over.

Elections divide and create gulf but 2019 polls united people and society: Modi

Reflecting on the recently-held elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the polls generally divide and create a gulf but the 2019 polls united people and society. 

Pro-incumbency wave in 2019 reflects India's trust: Modi

While addressing the NDA parliamentary meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the recently-held elections were pro-incumbency.  "This pro-incumbency wave is tied with the thread of trust...The trust was not only between people and govt but also among people themselves. This gave birth to that trust," he said.

Modi at NDA meeting: We'll begin new journey to build new India

We will now begin new journey to build new India with new energy: Narendra Modi at NDA meeting.

PM Modi addresses NDA leaders at Central Hall

Days after winning a historic mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude to all NDA leaders who endorsed him as their leader.

BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi greets Modi after NDA elects him as leader

NDA leaders endorse Modi as their leader

After Amit Shah's announcement that Modi has been unanimously chosen as the leader of 353 NDA MPs, a host of NDA leaders such as SAD's Parkash Singh Badal, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan backed the proposal.

PM Modi unanimously elected as leader of BJP parliamentary party

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unanimously elected as leader of BJP parliamentary party at the NDA meeting convened at the Central Hall of Parliament.

NDA meeting underway to formally elect Narendra Modi as their leader

I offered to quit as CM but party rejected: Mamata

Addressing her press conference after the Lok Sabha election results, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said she had offered to resign as CM but the party rejected. "May be, I will continue," she added. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

NDA meeting to begin shortly

After election win, BJP's Manoj Tiwari meets Delhi Congress chief Shiela Dikshit

Delhi BJP President and MP Manoj Tiwari met Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit at her residence in New Delhi on Saturday. Express photo by Amit Mehra

If someone can lead Congress in such situation..it's only Rahul Gandhi: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the CWC members have praised Rahul Gandhi for a spirited campaign during the elections and expressed that only the party president can revitalise the party. "In CWC meeting everyone unanimously told him(Rahul Gandhi)he did a good job...No one has a doubt on his leadership but situation was like that. If someone can lead the party in such situation. it's only Rahul Gandhi, if anyone can lead opposition, it's only Rahul Gandhi," he said.

CWC requests Rahul Gandhi to carry out complete overhaul of Congress

Here's what CWC resolution said

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his address to the CWC offered his resignation as the party president. The CWC unanimously and with one voice rejected the same and requested the Congress President for his leadership and guidance in these challenging times. The CWC unanimously called upon the Congress President Rahul Gandhi to lead the party in its ideological battle and to champion the cause of India’s youth, the farmers, the SC/ST/OBC’s, the Minorities, the poor and the deprived sections. The CWC fully recognizes the challenges, the failures and the shortcomings, resulting into this mandate. The CWC recommends a thorough introspection and requested the Congress President for a complete overhaul and a detailed restructuring at every level of the party. A plan to this effect shall come into force at the earliest. Congress party has lost the election but our indomitable courage, our fighting spirit and commitment to our ideology remains stronger than ever. We shall continue its fight against forces that thrive on hatred and division.

CWC gives nod to Rahul Gandhi to restructure Congress party

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the CWC has given its party chief Rahul Gandhi the right to make changes to restructure the party. He said that a plan for this will be brought soon.  

CWC rejects Rahul Gandhi's offer to step down as Congress chief

Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered to step down from his position. However, it was rejected by the members of the CWC unanimously, said party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

Congress press briefing begins after CWC meet

YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy to meet Modi tomorrow

YSR Congress Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister designate Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Sunday. Reddy, whose party stormed to power with a landslide victory in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, is likely to discuss providing outside or issue-based support to the Modi government in the meeting, sources said Saturday. PTI

CWC meeting concludes, press briefing at 3.30 pm

The meeting of the Congress Working Committee is over. A press briefing will be held at 3.30 pm by KC Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala at AICC Headquarters.

President dissolves 16th Lok Sabha, NDA meeting today to re-elect PM Modi

President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha with immediate effect on the recommendation of the Union cabinet.

The newly elected BJP-led NDA MPs are expected to meet this evening to formally elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their leader for another term and thereby allowing him to approach the President to stake claim to form government.

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Rahul Gandhi addresses CWC meet

CWC meeting began 11 in the morning. It is expected to end soon. See pictures from today's meeting

CWC at AICC Delhi

Rahul Gandhi's resignation rejected at CWC meet

Its been over two hours since the CWC meeting consumed. No word has come out as yet. However,  Congress Spokesperson rubbished reports of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's resignation.   

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to chair emergency meeting today

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will today chair an emergency meeting with party workers for an analysis of the Lok Sabha election results which registered a massive win for the BJP. Making inroads in Bengal, the BJP won 18 of the 42 seats and with a vote share of 40.5 per cent.  Read full story here 

President signs order of dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha

President of India Ram Nath Kovind, on the advice of Union Cabinet,  signed the order of dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha. 

CEC submits full list of winners to President Ram Nath Kovind

After releasing the final tally of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora submitted the list of winners to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Jaganmohan Reddy elected leader of YSR Congress

Jaganmohan Reddy was elected leader of the YSR Congress Party on Saturday, two days after it registered a thumping victory in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. The party swept the state polls, winning 151 of the 175 legislative Assembly seats. It will also send 22 of the state’s 25 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

Reports on Rahul's resignation incorrect: Randeep Singh Surjewala

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala rubbished reports of Rahul Gandhi offering his resignation, says it's incorrect.

Visuals from CWC meeting

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is underway at party Head Quarters in Delhi.

MP CM Kamal Nath skips CWC meeting

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has skipped the CWC meeting as he will be attending a legislative meeting in the state. His government is under pressure after losing all seats in his state except the one where his son was contesting from. In an interview with The Indian Express, Nath said the party was defeated because of BJP's strong election machinery. "The message of Modi and the agenda of the BJP were delivered all across well in time by his people. But our message did not reach the people effectively. RSS workers were moving around the state six months before the elections. They had identified areas and subjects that they wanted highlighted."

BJP leaders in Delhi

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) swept Delhi by a massive margin, this year. The party won in all 7 Lok Sabha seats. Here's a picture of newly elected BJP Members of Parliament in New Delhi on Saturday.  Express Photo by Praveen Khanna 

Rahul Gandhi at CWC meeting

Its been an hour into the CWC meeting. The party is taking stock of defeat in Lok Sabha.

PMO should continue to be efficient: PM Modi

He urged the PMO to continue to be efficient and maintain the success of the party. He congratulated them on the victory. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Amit Shah arrive at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express photo/Tashi Tobgyal)

As the NDA parliamentary committee today will hold a meeting to discuss the formation of government and swearing-in of the new cabinet, the future role of its president Amit Shah, who strategised and delivered a second wave in favour of Narendra Modi, has become the talking point in political circles. Speculation is rife that he will join the next Modi cabinet and could be the second in command.

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However, Senior BJP leaders indicated that they have no clue about Shah’s future plans, that he and Modi have not dropped any hint.

The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3 and formation of the new House will be initiated once the Election Commissioners meet the President to hand over the list of newly-elected members.

Meanwhile, Modi's education agenda for the first 100 days of his re-elected government includes the unveiling of a new national education policy, a special drive to fill five lakh vacant faculty positions in higher education, and addition of 10 Institutions of Eminence (IoE) to the existing sanctioned strength of 20.