PM Narendra Modi resigns on cabinet’s recommendation to dissolve Lok Sabha

PM Narendra Modi resigns on cabinet’s recommendation to dissolve Lok Sabha

PM Narendra Modi resigns on cabinet’s recommendation to dissolve Lok Sabha

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5 June 2024

PM Narendra Modi submitted his resignation to President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan shortly after the Union cabinet recommended the dissolution of the 17th Lok Sabha. It set in motion the formation of the next government after the Bharatiya Janta Party-led National Democratic Alliance won a slim majority in the Lok Sabha. PM Modi chaired the last meeting of the Union cabinet on Wednesday.

Right after the meeting, the Prime Minister drove down to Rashtrapati Bhavan to discuss with President Droupadi Murmu shortly after the meeting. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, met the President today and tendered his resignation along with the Council of Ministers. The President has accepted it and requested Shri Narendra Modi and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new Government assumes office.

The term of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 16. This is the first time since 2014 that BJP has failed to secure a majority of its own. The NDA is above the mark of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha but BJP has secured 240 seats, falling short of the halfway mark. PM Modi has secured a third term on the condition that he gets sufficient support from other parties in his coalition, such as JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar and TDP’s chief Chandrababu Naidu.

 A meeting of the newly elected MPs of the NDA, led by the BJP, will be held to discuss the formation of the Government on June 7. Though BJP’s victory tally was lower than previous performances, the Congress, on the other hand, has shown significant growth, winning 99 seats compared to 52 in 2019. The opposition INDIA bloc is also set to meet on Wednesday with the Congress President, Mallikarjun Kharge who has invited alliance leaders to his residence.