Two days after sweeping the Lok Sabha 2019 elections with a historic mandate, Narendra Modi was on Saturday night appointed as Prime Minister-elect by President Ram Nath Kovind, who also invited him to form the new government.
Later in the evening, 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.
While the NDA Parliamentary Board meeting and Modi being appointed as PM for a second term dominated the second half of the day, the Opposition too had a handful of key discussions to hold in the first half.
The crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) deliberated for almost four hours upon reasons behind the party’s defeat and Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign as its chief.
While the Congress top leadership was busy contemplating reasons behind their crushing poll defeat, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress also witnessed high drama in their emergency meeting.
Here’s all the high-drama that took place on Saturday in 10 points:
1. Top NDA leaders, including Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal, extended their party’s support after Modi was elected as the leader of the BJP Parliamentary party at first. Thereby, Modi was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP-led NDA.
3. Modi met the President shortly after and staked his claim to form the government. After appointing Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India, President Kovind asked him to decide the council of ministers and the date of his swearing-in ceremony. After meeting Kovind, Modi said his government will leave no stone unturned to fulfill the aspirations and dreams of the people who have given it a massive mandate, multiplying its responsibilities.
5. Rolling out a list of do’s and don’ts for the newly-elected MPs of the NDA, Modi asked them to avoid making loose remarks for publicity and to shun VIP culture. Underling that the people have given the BJP-led NDA a mandate due to their “seva bhav” (willingness to serve), he said the parliamentarians should remember that “we are here for those who trusted us today and we are here for those also whose trust we are yet to win”.
7. Mamata Banerjee offered to quit as chief minister of West Bengal following her party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls but the TMC rejected it. Addressing her first press conference after the election results were declared, she accused the BJP of polarising the people on religious lines to garner votes in West Bengal.
“At TMC’s internal meeting, I offered to leave the chief minister’s post. However, the offer was rejected by the party and I may continue,” Banerjee said.
8. She also raised suspicion over BJP’s stellar poll performance. “This huge victory is not beyond suspicion. It is quite astonishing how the Opposition is completely wiped out in several states. There has been some setting and foreign powers are also involved,” she claimed. However, the BJP described Banerjee’s offer to quit as West Bengal chief minister as “drama” and claimed her government will fall on its own and the saffron party will not need to topple it. The BJP described Banerjee’s offer to quit as West Bengal chief minister as “drama”.
10. High drama was also witnessed during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held today. While Rahul Gandhi insisted on resigning from the top party post, Congress senior leaders were against the idea. In a press conference held after the meeting, Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Ghulam Nabi Azad made said the party has rejected Rahul’s proposal to quit. Instead, they want the leader to keep guiding them and fix the loopholes that led to the party’s loss in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections 2019.