Prime Minister Narendra Modi will Sunday visit Gujarat to seek the blessings of his mother. On Monday, Modi will travel to his constituency Varanasi to thank the people for re-electing him. Surpassing his previous record of 3.37 lakh votes in 2014 general elections, Modi retained his seat by a margin of 4.79 lakh votes. “Will be going to Gujarat tomorrow evening, to seek blessings of my Mother. Day after tomorrow morning, I will be in Kashi to thank the people of this great land for reposing their faith in me,” PM Modi tweeted.
The BJP emerged a clear winner, bagging 303 seats of the 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls. In the outgoing Lok Sabha, the BJP had 282 seats. The NDA won 352 seats.
Meanwhile, the process of formation of the new government under the helm of Narendra Modi has already begun. The newly elected NDA MPs will meet Saturday to formally elect Modi as their leader, allowing him to approach the President to stake claim to form government. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on May 30 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The MPs will meet in the Central Hall of Parliament today where Modi is likely to address them. BJP leaders said the re-election will be a mere formality since Modi had been declared as the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate.
After defeating Shalini Yadav, the SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan candidate, and Ajay Rai of Congress, Modi thanked the people of Kashi for voting him back to power. “People of Kashi are remarkable! When I had gone to Kashi to file my nomination papers, they confidently said that they would manage the entire campaign without me having to come back even once…and manage they did! I bow to the citizens of Kashi. Looking forward to serving them,” he tweeted as the results were trickling in.