Modi appointed as India’s PM for second term
Published: 11:35 AM, 26 May 2019 Updated: 03:12 PM, 26 May 2019
India's president Ram Nath Kovind appointed Narendra Modi as the prime minister and also invited him to form the new government on Saturday night.
President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet that he asked Modi to forward the names of those to be appointed as ministers in his government, and the date for swearing-in for his second five-year term as prime minister.
Modi and some leaders of his alliance met the president earlier on Saturday.
Media reports said that Modi is likely to be sworn in by Kovind on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) unanimously elected Modi as their leader at a meeting attended by newly elected MPs and senior leaders in Parliament's Central Hall. BJP President Amit Shah announced Modi's name as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance in the meeting.
The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, after the official vote count from the 6-week-long election was completed on Friday. That is well beyond the simple majority a party in India needs to form a government.
The BJP's top rival, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, won 52 seats, and the All India Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won 22.