The DMK will be the third largest party in the new Lok Sabha, while the Trinamool Congress and the YSR Congress will be fourth in terms of strength in the lower house of Parliament. As many as 397 MPs were elected from national parties, think-tank PRS Legislative said. "Of these 303 MPs were from the BJP, 52 from the Congress, and 22 from the TMC. Among the state parties DMK (23) and YSRCP (22) won the most seats," it said.
The united opposition's attempt to halt the Bharatiya Janata Party juggernaut went in vain on Thursday as PM Narendra Modi rode to victory with a bigger mandate than the party received five years ago. The super-sized victory came even as the several international news organisations criticised the PM with a Time magazine article dubbing him as "Divider-in-Chief". However, the sharp reaction did not affect the voters, who gave the prime minister the biggest mandate since 1984.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to address rumors of Congress President Rahul Gandhi's resignation. "We fought hard for a cause. Under Rahul Gandhi's exemplary leadership, we will bounce back and will continue to serve the Nation," he said.
After the 2019 mandate, rumors of Congress President’s resignation are baseless and irrelevant. We shall never forget that it was because of Sh. #RahulGandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to NDA government.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 24, 2019
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Prime Minister Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office, winning 302 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.
President Donald Trump telephones Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his BJP's historic election victory. US-India relations will witness its second innings under the Prime Ministership of Narendra Modi and his counterpart Donald Trump. Trump, however, has another year till the US Presidential elections which is scheduled for 2020.
The Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) today postponed the counting of votes, scheduled to be held on May 27, in the rural local body polls. "...the State Election Commission decides to postpone the counting date from May 27 to another date to be notified shortly," the SEC said in an order. The decision was taken following representations from the Congress, BJP and others that there should only be as short a time as possible between the counting of votes and election to the posts of zilla parishad chairman and others, according to the order.
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The BJP, which has 105 MLAs in a 224-member Karnataka Assembly, just eight short of a simple majority, claims it has the support of two Independent MLAs and one from the BSP.
PM Modi poetically responded to President Kovind tweet accepting his resignation, saying "The sun sets on this term but the brightness our work has brought will continue to illuminate the lives of millions".
The sun sets on this term but the brightness our work has brought will continue to illuminate the lives of millions.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 24, 2019
A new dawn awaits, a new term beckons.
We are even more determined to fulfil the dreams of 130 crore Indians and create the New India all of us dreamt of. https://t.co/tKrWSwlT9d
CLICK TO READ | Ninth Time a Single Party Crosses 300 Mark in Lok Sabha
The BJP has already won 302 seats and was ahead in one seat in the 543-member Lower House of Parliament.
PM Modi poses for a picture after party colleagues from Kashi present his official certificate of election from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.
Party colleagues from Kashi gave me the official certificate of election from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 24, 2019
Feel happy to be representing one of the oldest and most vibrant centres of Indian culture. pic.twitter.com/Ijh8YBUvhU
The Shiv Sena today said the massive mandate the NDA got in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls was due to the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the political management of BJP chief Amit Shah. In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said the opposition raised issues of unemployment, farm distress and the people decided Modi was the right man to solve them. "People felt the Congress got 60 years, why not five more years to Modi," the editorial claimed.
Union Law Minister and newly elected Patna Sahib MP Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that those who had indulged in muckraking against Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been completely wiped out in the Lok Sabha polls. "Those who had indulged in muckraking against our prime minister have been completely wiped out as lotus (BJP symbol) bloomed in the mud," Prasad told newsmen.
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Thakur, who defeated Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh by nearly 3 lakh votes, was addressing BJP workers at the party headquarters here.
Prime Minister Modi met and greeted the officers and staff of the Prime Minister's Office, at South Block today. Senior officers of the PMO, including Principal Secretary to PM, Shri Nripendra Misra, NSA Shri Ajit Doval, Additional Principal Secretary Shri PK Mishra, and Secretary Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, felicitated the Prime Minister on his resounding victory in the recently concluded General Elections.
The Election Commission has officially completed the counting of votes in the Lok Sabha Election 2019.
Official ECI Results (counting completed): BJP wins on 303 seats in #LokSabhaElections2019; Congress wins on 52 seats, out of total 542 Parliamentary constituency seats. #Election2019Results pic.twitter.com/ov9xyrkyn6— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2019
President Kovind accepted the resignation of the Prime Minister and the Union Council of Ministers and requested them to continue in office till the new Government is formed.
Clashes reported in Naihati in North 24 Parganas district where a TMC party office was vandalised. During the Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal witnessed multiple incidents of violence with party leaders being assaulted, polling booths ransacked and convoys attacked. Most recently, during Amit Shah's rally in Kolkata, TMC and BJP party workers engaged in violence. BJP student activists allegedly also vandalised a college campus and the bust of a prominent social reformer from the state.
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung, who is in hiding, today congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the resounding victory of BJP and hoped that his new government will look into the long-standing demand for Gorkhaland. "We are very happy that BJP has won and TMC and the traitors of GJM have lost the polls. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We will request the BJP leadership and the new government to look
into our long-standing demand of Gorkhaland," Gurung told PTI over the phone.
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In the last 10 years, Jagan has bounced back from near decimation to triumph and exacted the revenge from Gandhis he had sworn by making the Congress irrelevant in Andhra.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Democratic Alliance on the "sweeping victory" in the Lok Sabha elections. "I pray you will be successful in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of India," he wrote in a letter. India is one of the great ancient civilizations, a distinctive and fundamental feature of which has been ahimsa and karuna non-violent conduct motivated by compassion," the Dalai Lama said. "Last month marked the 60th anniversary of our life in exile. I would like to take this opportunity to express the Tibetan people's immense gratitude to the Government and people of India. It is due to India's consistent generosity and kindness to us that we have been able to preserve our ancient cultural heritage in exile," he said further.
Visuals from the just concluded Union Cabinet meeting that passed the resolution to dissolve the 16th Lok Sabha. In attendance were, Sushma Swaraj, Piyush Goyal, Maneka Gandhi among others.
Delhi: Union Ministers leave after the Union Cabinet meeting concluded. pic.twitter.com/AgdFcu4fcy— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2019
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For the BJP, the Lok Sabha election results in Assam were not just encouraging, but also an indication that the movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was fading out.
King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his historic electoral win.
King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a telephonic conversation. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/QAc4U3Ph6Z— ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2019
The BJP appears to have put behind the defeat it had suffered in three by polls in Uttar Pradesh last year to win Kairana, Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats back in the 2019 general election. In Kairana, BJP's Pradeep Kumar defeated the sitting MP Tabassum Hasan of SP. Kumar is the sitting MLA from Gangoh assembly constituency, which falls in Saharanpur district but comes under the Kairana parliamentary constituency. In Gorakhpur, the home turf of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP candidate Ravi Kishan defeated SP's Rambhual Nishad in the general election. In the bypoll in the constituency last year, SP's Praveen Nishad had won. However before the Lok Sabha election, Praveen Nishad joined the BJP and was fielded from Sant Kabirnagar parliamentary constituency. In Phulpur, BJP candidate Keshari Devi Patel defeated her nearest rival SP's Pandhari Yadav.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to continue in his current role due to poor health as Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second term, a report from news agency Reuters said. The sources said that Jaitley, 66, is unlikely to take up any offer to continue in the top job steering Asia's third-largest economy as his health has deteriorated over the past few months.
Digivijaya Singh in an indirect attack at BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur said that BJP's victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is proof that the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi's killer has won. The Congress leader also alleged that the saffron party offered crore of rupees to its party leader but they were unable to break a single MLA.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who lost the Lok Sabha polls to BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur in Bhopal, has shown curiosity in the saffron party always rightly predicting their result. "In 2014, they said they will cross 280. They get that. In 2019, they said they will cross 300 and they did. I want to ask what magic stick they have that before an election they predict the result," he told the press.
Newly elected MPs of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to meet tomorrow at 5 pm. The meeting is expected to formally elect PM Narendra Modi as their leader. The BJP said the meeting will take place in Parliament's Central Hall at 5 pm. Modi is also expected to address the MPs following his election as their leader.
File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot.
Narendra Modi is likely to take oath as the prime minister for another term on May 30. Sources said that before the swearing-in ceremony the PM will visit his constituency, Varanasi, on May 28 and Gujarat on May 29. Earlier today, the PM met BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday morning before holding a cabinet meeting.
Besides PM Modi, the other big winners were BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani. While Shah even broke LK Advani's record to defeat his Gandhinagar rival by a margin of 5.57 lakh vote, Irani conquered the Congress bastion on Uttar Pradesh's Amethi by polling 4,68,514 votes against Congress president Rahul Gandhi's 4,13,394 votes. Modi thanked the people of Varanasi for helping him retain the seat by a margin of over 4.79 lakh votes. In a tweet, he said, the people of Kashi are "remarkable".
Several global leaders congratulated PM Modi on the massive win. Among them was US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who vowed to work with him to bolster the bilateral ties.
In a rousing speech at the party headquarters in New Delhi to celebrate the BJP's spectacular victory, Modi told cheering supporters that the election has thrown up a mandate to build a new India.
"People are chanting Modi, Modi. But this is not a victory of Modi, it is the victory of people who are desperate for honesty in the system. "It is not Modi's victory, but a win of people's hope and aspirations," Modi said.
Striking a conciliatory political tone, he also reached out to his rivals, urging everyone to put the rancour of the bitter and often nasty campaign behind them. What's past is past, he said. "We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us, even our opponents. We have to work for the benefit of the country," he said. "You have filled this fakir's bag with a lot of hope. All your hopes, dreams, ambitions are dependent on it," he said.
This is the victory of toiling farmers who struggle to feed the nation, this is the victory of those who now live in proper houses, this is the victory of the middle class which follows the rules, pays taxes, but wondered if his taxes were being used for the benefit of the country, he said.
In the last five years, people have realised that the money they are contributing in taxes has been put to nation-building, he said. Addressing the countrymen directly, Modi said he will not do anything with bad intention, even though, he added, he may at times commit a mistake on job. "I will not do anything for myself," he said, signalling the noisy crowd to keep quiet and then added, "I will devote every moment of my time and every fibre of my being for my countrymen."
"Whenever you judge me, judge me on these three parameters. If I fall short on these, curse me. But I assure my countrymen that what I have said in public I will do my best to fulfil," he said.
Values and spirit of democracy and the Constitution enjoin his government to take everyone along as the country is run with consensus, he said. In a jibe at BJP's rivals, who are seen as the secular counter to the saffron party's Hindutva agenda, he said people who used to proudly wear a "fake tag" of secularism did not talk about it at all.
"The opposition did not dare to mislead the country while wearing the false mask of secularism. The opposition did not accuse us of raising prices. All previous elections were fought on corruption issues. This was the first one in which any political party could not level even one charge of corruption," he said.
People in the 2019 elections have put forth a new narrative, he said, adding that only two "castes" will remain in the country; the poor and those contributing to alleviating poverty. Voters have dealt a huge blow to the parties doing politics in the names of castes, he said.
The prime minister said the verdict has vindicated his view that it was not parties but people who fought this election. Modi also drew a Mahabharat war parallel with the elections. Krishna was asked after the war which side he supported and he answered that he stood for Hastinapur, and people have spoken in the elections that they stood for India, the prime minister said. "We were not disappointed when we won only two seats (in 1984). We will not leave our humility, ideals and values when we have come back to power," Modi said.
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