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.