New Delhi: After a historic win in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi will on on Saturday evening stake claim to form the government at the Centre for the second consecutive term.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Thursday stormed to power winning 353 seats, beating the previous election's tally of 336 seats. The BJP alone won 303 seats, a considerable increase from 282 last time.
Modi is likely to meet President Ram Nath Kovind later in the evening today. A meeting of the NDA is currently on in the central hall of Parliament, where all the members of the alliance from both the Houses of Parliament as well as top leaders of all alliance partners are present.
The meeting is taking place to elect Modi as the leader of NDA's parliamentary party and authorise him to stake claim to form government government. Modi is also expected to speak at a parliamentary board meeting and address his party lawmakers as well as alliance partners.
Earlier in the day, chief election commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora along with two election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a copy of the notification containing the names of all the members elected to the 17th Lok Sabha.
According to a press release by the President's House, Kovind congratulated all the three top officials for "successful completion of the electoral process" and also thanked voters who participated in the polling.