Newly elected MPs of the BJP-led NDA on Saturday evening formally elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their leader, setting in motion the process of government formation. The meeting took place in Parliament's Central Hall, before which BJP MPs separately met at Parliament House.
Top Congress leaders from across the country got together to review the party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, as the Congress Working Committee meeting got underway in New Delhi. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi offered to resign at the meeting. However, Randeep Surjewala dismissed the "rumours" and said the information is false.
A retired chartered accountant and longtime RSS member, Singh has played a crucial role in managing BJP's campaigns during the four-phase simultaneous polls.
May 25, 2019 11:04 pm (IST)
TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today cracked the whip against internal strife and revamped the party organisation. The TMC chief made several changes in the party organisation in districts such as Jhargram, West Burdwan, Malda, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and Nadia. Abhishek Banerjee was the party observer for Purulia and Bankura districts. Now, senior ledaer Shubhendu Adhikari has been given the charge of those two districts where the BJP has made deep inroads.nAccusing the BJP of forcibly taking over TMC party offices across the state, Banerjee said she has asked the party leaders to get back those offices by Monday.
May 25, 2019 10:51 pm (IST)
YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy, who was invited to form the next Government in Andhra Pradesh by the Governor, today called on Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here and invited him for the swearing-in ceremony at Vijayawada on May 30. There was no official word on Raos response, but TRS sources indicated that it was likely to be positive.
May 25, 2019 10:41 pm (IST)
Mamata's Quiting is Drama: BJP | The BJP today described TMC chief Mamata Banerjee's offer to quit as West Bengal chief minister as "drama" and claimed her government will fall on its own and the saffron party will not need to topple it. "It is good that at least she has accepted defeat. But her offer to quit is nothing but a drama to garner sympathy," BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told PTI. Reacting to Banerjee's comment that BJP will commit a mistake if it tries to topple her government, Vijayvargiya said it will fall on its own. He said, "We will not topple it. It will fall on its own. TMC leaders have lost confidence in her. They are fed up. If they come to us and crib about her misrule and authoritarian approach, what can we do?"
Buoyed by his party's performance in the Lok Sabha election, the Dravidian party chief for the first time said his party would take the initiative to oppose the BJP -albeit without naming it explicitly- in other states by working with outfits in those regions.
May 25, 2019 10:19 pm (IST)
DMK president M K Stalin today said no single state can be ignored by the government at the Centre and asserted India was not Hindi speaking states alone. "The DMK will take constructive measures to replicate the Tamil Nadu model (of propping up secularism and DMK's victory in polls) in other states as well by coordinating with forces committed to communal harmony," he said in an open letter to party cadres.
May 25, 2019 10:08 pm (IST)
Disgruntled AAP MLA Alka Lamba launched a veiled attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over AAP's crushing loss in Lok Sabha elections, asking shouldn't the person who took all the decisions in a closed room own the responsibility and quit. She lashed out at her party after she was again removed from AAP's MLA WhatsApp group, which includes Kejriwal. "Kejriwal ji, you are yourself admitting that you made very big mistakes due to which the party fared badly in the Lok Sabha polls. Without looking at the mistakes made by the party you have asked us to apologise to people. We should introspect on the mistakes," she said.
May 25, 2019 9:48 pm (IST)
Impressed with the prime minister, a Muslim woman has decided to name her newborn 'Narendra Damodardas Modi'. Mainaz Begum came up with the idea while names for the boy were being discussed on May 23, the day the Lok Sabha results came in and Narendra Modi won a massive mandate. People around her tried to make her change her mind, but she was adamant, her father-in-law Idrees told PTI. The family then filed an affidavit addressed to the district magistrate and submitted it to Assistant Development Officer (panchayat) Ghanshyam Pandey.
In a speech that touched upon the past as well as signalled the future, Narendra Modi also coined a new slogan that he said would be the guiding path for him: NARA - National Ambitions and Regional Aspirations.
May 25, 2019 9:17 pm (IST)
PM Modi's First Address in Second Term as PM | Prime Minister Narendra Modi after being appointed to the office of the Prime Minister of India addressed the media infront of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. "I thank all our NDA allies. I met the President and he has given me the go ahead for the swearing in. He has appointed me as caretaker prime minister and asked me to form new government. 2022 will mark Gandhiji's 150th birthday and it brings about great opportunities for us. We must not miss them. We have to keep moving forward," he says.
May 25, 2019 9:13 pm (IST)
President Appoints Modi as PM | President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India. The President has also requested Modi advise him about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers; and indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Exercising powers vested in him under Article 75 (1) of the Constitution of India, President Kovind, today appointed @narendramodi to the office of Prime Minister of India pic.twitter.com/xrs5jgCGkF
An NDA delegation led by BJP president Amit Shah presented a letter to President Kovind stating that Narendra Modi had been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party.
An NDA delegation, led by Amit Shah, President, BJP, and comprising Prakash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj, Uddhav Thakeray, Nitin Gadkari, K. Palaniswami, Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio, called on the President pic.twitter.com/DaWfDOoEsC
Even though Advani did not contest polls this year, he was present in the NDA's Parliamentary Board meeting held in New Delhi.
May 25, 2019 8:39 pm (IST)
Two CPI(M) sympathisers were arrested Saturday for the alleged attack on an independent candidate on May 18. Ashwanth, 20, and Sojith, 25, were arrested based on CCTV footage, and were produced before court. Former municipal councilor C O T Naseer was attacked by unidentified people on May 18 and hospitalised. "We evaluated the CCTV footage and identified the culprits and apprehended two of them. Ashwanth was one of the three suspects who came on a bike and attacked Naseer," an investigating officer told PTI.
A closer look at the constituency-level performance of the BJP this time shows that the number of seats where the party polled more than half the total votes saw a 65 per cent increase.
May 25, 2019 8:03 pm (IST)
In a swipe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over a "dirty pamphlet" against the AAP candidate from East Delhi, cricketer-turned-BJP MP Gautam Gambhir today said elections come and go but one cannot afford to lose one's conscience. On Kejriwal, the BJP MP said, "I do not have any words for him if he can level such allegation just to win a seat. You can lose an election and move ahead but how can one face himself after losing his conscience." Elections will come and go, the day "you lose your conscience you lose everything", he added.
May 25, 2019 7:45 pm (IST)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath offered his resignation from the post of Madhya Pradesh Congress committee President.
AICC General Secretary Deepak Babaria of MP: CM Kamal Nath has offered his resignation from the post of Madhya Pradesh Congress committee President. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/1iuHpAjYrE
"The 21st century belongs to Asia but lets make 21st Century about India. The world expects a lot from India, not just in terms of diplomacy. Democracies of this world are looking at us. We as the representatives of India must deliver," says Modi.
May 25, 2019 7:33 pm (IST)
Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi says "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas is our new mantra".
May 25, 2019 7:32 pm (IST)
"The minority in this country has been kept then in a sense of false fear. They have been turned into a vote bank. They have not been allowed to grow...We have to promise to end this illusion of fear and gain their trust. We have to break that barrier," says Modi.
May 25, 2019 7:19 pm (IST)
Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi takes a jibe at Indian media.
#WATCH PM Narendra Modi addressing NDA Parliamentary meet says, "Media ke logo ko bhi pata hota hai ki 6 namune hain, vaha subah pahoch jayo, gate ke bahar khade raho, nikal ke kuchh to bolega." pic.twitter.com/dTtzu9uz6M
During his first visit to his home state after the poll results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek the blessings of his mother Hiraba Modi at her residence here.
May 25, 2019 7:04 pm (IST)
Modi says "NDA is moving forward on two tracks. One on regional aspirations and the second on national ambitions. But NDA NDA also has two names. One is energy and the other synergy".
May 25, 2019 6:57 pm (IST)
"Our mothers and daughters have done a wonderful work in these elections. Women have voted as much as men and I am sure that in the coming elections they will outnumber men. This is for the first time in Independent India that such large number of women MPs are sitting in the Parliament. This has been made possible due to women power. " says Modi.
May 25, 2019 6:54 pm (IST)
Narendra Modi says "During my campaign I felt many a times that neither I or the BJP were fighting these elections. It felt like it was being fought by the people. When journalists asked me then why am I campaigning, I told them that I was just going around thanking them. 2019 elections was a pilgrimage for me".
May 25, 2019 6:50 pm (IST)
"It is natural for us to feel proud about coming back to power but as the elected we cannot hold on to this pride. We have to work for the ones who voted for us and the ones who didn't and we have to hope that our work will convince them," says Modi.
May 25, 2019 6:46 pm (IST)
2019 Election United Our Society: Modi | Prime Minister elect and leader of the National Democratic Alliance, Narendra Modi says "2019 elections have worked towards breaking down walls and connecting hearts. In a way they had become a way to unite the society...This gave a new height to these elections. The people have started a new era and all of us are a witness to it".
May 25, 2019 6:41 pm (IST)
"People have accepted us due to our 'seva bhav'. One has to prepare oneself to be always ready to help people even when you move through the lanes of politics and power," he says.
May 25, 2019 6:38 pm (IST)
"A big mandate like this brings along with it a huge responsibility...we have a mature democracy...our voters have elected us because of our work...if we keep up our work the voters will keep blessing us," Narendra Modi says.
May 25, 2019 6:35 pm (IST)
Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi in his address to the Parliamentary Board meeting thanked all MP elects saying that "You all deserve greetings but those elected for the first time deserve an even bigger one. I offer all of you my greetings". Modi also specially congratulated the first time winners in the Lok Sabha polls.
PM Narendra Modi with President Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi on Saturday. (Twitter)
The CWC meeting, chaired by the Congress president, was attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Uttar Pradesh (East) in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and chief ministers of four party-ruled states — Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh — and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit his constituency Varanasi and home state Gujarat in the next two days. Sharing his travel plans, the prime minister said that he will seek blessing from his mother in Gujarat tomorrow and will then head to Uttar Pradesh and visit Kashi on Monday.
Following the saffron surge in West Bengal during the Lok Sabha elections, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has called a meeting of her party leaders from across districts in Bengal. All TMC candidates have been asked to be present at her Kalighat residence in the afternoon today. District observers of the party have also been summoned. The BJP won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, up from two in 2014. Trinamool won 22 seats, down from 34 in 2014. The Congress bagged two seats, down from four last time, and won a vote share of 5.61%.
Meanwhile, the YSR Congress is all set to wrest power in Andhra Pradesh and its Legislature Party will meet today to formally elect its chief Jaganmohan Reddy as the leader. Reddy will be sworn-in as Chief Minister on May 30 at Vijayawada.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has taken the responsibility for the poll debacle, is expected to offer his resignation today at the first Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting post-Lok Sabha elections. The leader and several state unit chiefs of the party have decided to quit, taking moral responsibility of the defeat.
The Congress could manage to add only a few seats to its 2014 tally of 44 seats. In Uttar Pradesh, only Sonia Gandhi won the Raebareli seat, while Gandhi lost the family bastion of Amethi to Smriti Irani.