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President Ram Nath Kovind today (Saturday, May 25) dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha with immediate effect on the Union Cabinet’s recommendation.

“The President has accepted the advice of the Cabinet on 24.05.2019 and signed the Order dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha,” said a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Prime Minister met the President and tendered his resignation along with the council of ministers, it said.The President asked him to continue till the next government is formed.

The newly elected BJP-led NDA MPs are expected to meet this evening to formally elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their leader for another term. Modi will then approach the President to stake claim to form government.

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The full Election Commission on Saturday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and handed over the list of 542 newly-elected members of the Lok Sabha that will enable him to initiate the formal process of new government formation.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and the other two Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, met the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and gave him a copy of the notification issued by the poll body in terms of provisions of the Representation of the People Act containing the names of MPs elected in the just-concluded polls.

While the notification sets in motion the constitution of the 17th Lok Sabha, the list given to the President enables him to initiate government formation process.

The MPs will meet in the Central Hall of Parliament at 5 pm where Modi is likely to address them. Sources indicated that the swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on May 30 but an official confirmation is awaited.

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The present Modi government had taken oath on May 26, 2014.

The BJP emerged a clear winner, bagging 303 in the 543-member Lok Sabha. In the outgoing Lok Sabha, the BJP had 282 seats. The NDA won 352 seats.

Modi will visit Gujarat to seek the blessings of his mother Heeraben on Sunday. Taking to Twitter, he announced, “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.”

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