Modi likely to take oath Saturday, submits resignation

Modi likely to take oath Saturday, submits resignation

New Delhi, June 5: Narendra Modi will likely be sworn in as Prime Minister on June 8 evening for a rare third term replicating Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s feat as the only other PM to do so. Modi’s new innings at the helm will also be his first as the head of a coalition with his party BJP lacking a majority of its own.

During his long stint as Gujarat Chief Minister and in the first two terms as Prime Minister, he always had the advantage of the BJP having a clear-cut majority.

With the BJP-led NDA achieving a majority in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the prime minister met President Droupadi Murmu and submitted his resignation on Wednesday.

The Union Cabinet has recommended the dissolution of the 17th Lok Sabha. The new cabinet will also be sworn in on June 8.

“The President has accepted the resignation and requested Narendra Modi and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new government assumes office,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.

Earlier in the day a meeting of the Union Cabinet was held at the PM’s residence, where Modi discussed the results of the Lok Sabha elections and the formation of the new government after the NDA secured a majority.

This was the last meeting of the Modi 2.0 cabinet and council of ministers.The term of the 17th Lok Sabha ends June 16.

The BJP and its allies have won 292 seats. The BJP bagged 240 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, the votes of which were counted on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is scheduled to meet in Delhi during the day.The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister is expected to chalk out the next strategy in forming the government.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde will be present at the NDA meeting.The opposition INDIA bloc, which won 234 seats, will also meet later in the day.


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