Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected as leader of NDA in the evening of May 25. He has now met President Ram Nath Kovind and has staked claim to form a new government. The President has appointed him as a prime minister-elect.
Earlier in the day, to look into the reasons for the party's Lok Sabha election debacle and decide on its further course of action to take on the BJP, Congress Working Committee (CWC) held a meeting, on Saturday. There was speculation that Congress president Rahul Gandhi may offer to resign at the CWC meeting. Rahul Gandhi did offer to resign but his resignation was unanimously rejected by Congress Working Committee.
Rahul Gandhi has taken full responsibility for the party's poll defeat. At the CWC meeting, reportedly, Congress president and other grand old party leaders gave their assessment of what went wrong and the remedial steps that must be taken.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) met on Saturday to finalise the list of winning candidates to be handed over to President Ram Nath Kovind. Stay tuned here for all the political updates from today.
Lok Sabha election 2019 results | As it happened, May 25
May 25, 20198:59 PM (IST)
PM Narendra Modi meets President Ram Nath Kovind, stakes claim to form government
PM Narendra Modi has met President Kovind and staked claim to form a new government. President Kovind has asked him to suggest names of persons to be inducted in his Council of Ministers. The President has also asked him to suggest a date for swearing-in ceremony.
May 25, 20197:42 PM (IST)
Constitution of India is supreme: PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi said that the Constitution of India is supreme. He was addressing NDA MPs after NDA unanimously chose him as their leader.
May 25, 20197:35 PM (IST)
Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas and Sab ka Vishwas is our mantra: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi added 'Sab ka Vishwas' to his famous slogan of ' Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas'.
'Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas' was used by the BJP at the time of 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well.
May 25, 20197:25 PM (IST)
PM Modi advises MPs to stay away from pomp and grandeur similar to red lights on official vehicles
PM Modi said that common man is scared of officialdom as he is scared of symbols of officialdom and political power. He advised NDA MPs to be one with the people.
He cited the example of late Manohar Parrikar who was known for his aversion of such symbols of power.
May 25, 20197:13 PM (IST)
Remember, we got this opportunity due to hard work of lakhs of workers: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi attributed NDA's success in recent elections to lakhs of workers working at the grass-root level. He advised NDA MPs to keep the "worker within them" alive. He also asked them to respect citizens of this country and the 'Janadesh' given by the voters.
May 25, 20197:08 PM (IST)
PM Modi warns leaders against irresponsible statements
PM Narendra Modi said that Opposition got fodder to attack BJP because of some leaders who issued irresponsible statements in public.
May 25, 20197:02 PM (IST)
We should go ahead with NARA where NA is National Ambition and RA is Regional Aspiration: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi stressed the need for greater synergy between central and state governments to address all problems.
May 25, 20196:58 PM (IST)
PM Modi lauds increased participation of women voters in the election process
PM Narendra Modi said he was happy to see a large number of women voters come out to make their voices heard. He expected women's participation to surpass that by male voters by next elections.
May 25, 20196:52 PM (IST)
We are with them who are with us. We are also with them who will be with us: PM Modi in Parliament
PM Narendra Modi is addressing NDA MPs in the alliance's parliamentary party meeting. NDA unanimously chose PM Narendra Modi as its leader.
May 25, 20196:47 PM (IST)
Result of Lok Sabha election 2019 was reflection of a pro-incumbency sentiment: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi attributed NDA's success in recently concluded elections to a pro-incumbency sentiment among Indians.
May 25, 20196:40 PM (IST)
I am one of you, we have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder: PM Narendra Modi to NDA MPs
PM Narendra Modi implored NDA MPs to stay together. He said that he considers himself one among them. He is addressing NDA parliamentary party meeting right now.
May 25, 20196:37 PM (IST)
Indian democracy is maturing day-by-day: PM Modi in Parliament
PM Narendra Modi is speaking in NDA parliamentary party meeting. NDA has chosen him as its leader.
May 25, 20196:32 PM (IST)
We are beginning our journey to carve out a new India: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi congratulated all MPs who got elected. He extended special wishes to those MPs who were elected for the first time.
May 25, 20196:30 PM (IST)
PM Narendra Modi pays respect to Constitution before beginning his speech in parliamentary party meet
PM Narendra Modi has begun his speech in NDA's parliamentary party meet.
May 25, 20196:17 PM (IST)
People of the country have blessed NDA: Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah said that the nation has blessed National Democratic Alliance through mandate in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
May 25, 20196:05 PM (IST)
PM Narendra Modi chosen as NDA parliamentary party leader
BJP allies from NDA have unanimously chosen Narendra Modi as the leader of NDA's parliamentary party leader.
Now, PM Modi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind to stake claim of government formation.
May 25, 20195:46 PM (IST)
May 25, 20195:45 PM (IST)
PM Narendra Modi chosen as BJP parliamentary party leader
Prime Minister Modi has arrived for the NDA parliamentary party meeting and he has been welcomed with a thunderous round of applause. He has been unanimously chosen as BJP's parliamentary party leader. He will shortly be chosen as the leader of NDA parliamentary party.
May 25, 20195:41 PM (IST)
I told the party, dont want to continue as CM: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM in a press conference has said she told the party that she didn't want to continue as the Chief Minister of the state but the party did not agree with her.
May 25, 20195:39 PM (IST)
PM Modi arrives at the in the parliament
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the parliament for the parliamentary party meet.
May 25, 20194:53 PM (IST)
NDA parliamentary party meeting to begin soon
Leaders from various parties from the National Democratic Alliance have arrived in the Parliament for NDA parliamentary party meet.
May 25, 20194:33 PM (IST)
Surjewala confirms that Rahul Gandhi offered to step down
Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala confirmed on Saturday that Congress president Rahul Gandhi indeed offer to step down as party president. Surjewala, however, added that Congress Working Committee unanimously rejected Rahul Gandhi's proposal.
Surjewala said that Congress still needs guidance from Rahul Gandhi.
May 25, 20194:07 PM (IST)
Congress press conference underway
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala is speaking at a press conference organised after Congress CWC meeting.
May 25, 20192:30 PM (IST)
MP: A Congress worker, BL Sen shaved his head after losing a bet to a BJP worker in Rajgarh. He says, "We had a bet that if Modi becomes PM, I'll shave my head & if Rahul Gandhi becomes PM, he (BJP worker) will shave his head. Now that my party has lost, I shaved my head." pic.twitter.com/CNGSr9wiLp
There is speculation in the media about invitations to foreign dignitaries for the swearing in ceremony. At the moment, we have no information on this matter. We will share details with the media once a decision is taken: Govt sources
May 25, 20191:43 PM (IST)
President of India, on advice of Union Cabinet, has signed the order of dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha.
May 25, 20191:22 PM (IST)
Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora submits the list of winners of Lok Sabha Election 2019 to President Ram Nath Kovind.
Reports of Congress president Rahul Gandhi offering his resignation are incorrect: Surjewala
Congress’ Randeep Singh Surjewala clarifies reports of Congress president Rahul Gandhi offering his resignation are incorrect. CWC meeting going on.
May 25, 201912:27 PM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi offers to resign at CWC meet
Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign at CWC meeting on Saturday.
May 25, 201912:05 PM (IST)
Modi wave played a big role in my victory. Lok Sabha election 2019 was based on performance (of PM Modi): Gautam Gambhir
May 25, 201912:02 PM (IST)
People have given a befitting reply to those who are involved in the politics of casteism: Manoj Tiwari
May 25, 201911:52 AM (IST)
I'm very grateful that they showered me with so much affection - Puri parliamentary constituency in its entirety&as a token of thanks, I've decided to give my entire salary&allowances from Parliament to CM Relief Fund so that it can be used for people of Puri: BJD MP Pinaki Misra
May 25, 201911:22 AM (IST)
CWC meeting begins at Congress' party office
CWC meeting led by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi with other party leaders begins at the party office.
Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan, Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Amrinder Singh arrive for CWC meeting
Top Congress leaders, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Amrinder Singh and others arrive to attend the CWC meeting. The party will discuss its Lok Sabha debacle and decide on its further course of action to take on the BJP.
May 25, 201910:45 AM (IST)
Will be going to Gujarat tomorrow evening, to seek blessings of my mother: Modi
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 Narendra Modi
May 25, 201910:44 AM (IST)
Saumitra Khan,winning BJP candidate from Bishnupur: There will be no contest with TMC in West Bengal assembly elections as they will only be able to win a maximum of 60 seats.
Saumitra Khan,winning BJP candidate from Bishnupur: There will be no contest with TMC in West Bengal assembly elections as they will only be able to win a maximum of 60 seats. pic.twitter.com/o1WuCgyyvl
YSRCP MLAs to elect Jaganmohan Reddy as their leader today
In Andhra Pradesh, the newly-elected legislators of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) will meet on Saturday to formally elect party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy as their leader. At 11 a.m, the YSRCP Legislature Party will meet at the party office. According to party sources, it will pass a resolution unanimously electing Reddy as its leader.
May 25, 20199:47 AM (IST)
YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is set to take oath as new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh next week, will call on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday.Jagan Reddy, whose party stormed to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory on Thursday, will arrive in Hyderabad after the meeting of newly-elected legislators of the YSRCP in Amravati.Jagan Reddy will meet Rao at the latter's residence. They are likely to discuss the post-poll situation in the country, especially in the two Telugu states, reported IANS.
May 25, 20199:36 AM (IST)
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will meet today to re-elect Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.
May 25, 20198:10 AM (IST)
With her party seemingly rattled after the Lok Sabha setback, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has convened an emergent meeting on Saturday afternoon at her Kalighat residence in South Kolkata to review the results and come up with a road map for a turnaround ahead of the Assembly polls.
All winning and losing Lok Sabha candidates, as also the district presidents and front ranking leaders have been asked to be present for the meeting, party sources said, reported IANS.
May 25, 20197:31 AM (IST)
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs France: President of French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, called the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to congratulate him. France and India have a steadfast partnership. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/WHcRHD6ZTU
EC likely to meet today to finalise list of winning LS candidates
The Election Commission (EC) is likely to meet on Saturday to finalise the list of winning candidates to be handed over to President Ram Nath Kovind, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.
May 25, 20197:12 AM (IST)
CWC meet: Rahul Gandhi may offer to resign today
To look into the reasons for the party's Lok Sabha election debacle and decide on its further course of action to take on the BJP, Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is scheduled on Saturday. There is speculation that Congress president Rahul Gandhi may offer to resign at the CWC meeting.