From Rahul, Mamata offering to quit to Modi bagging second term as PM: All you need to know in 10 points

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.

2. An NDA delegation led by BJP chief Amit Shah and comprising Parkash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar,
Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj, Uddhav Thackeray, Nitin Gadkari, K Palaniswami, Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio,
called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan and handed over a letter stating that Modi has been elected leader of
the BJP Parliamentary Party.

An NDA delegation led by BJP chief Amit Shah handed over a letter stating that Modi has been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

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.

4. In an impassioned 75-minute speech that Modi began after bowing to the Constitution in Parliament, he struck a note of inclusion, asking the MPs to take along everyone, including those who have not voted for the ruling alliance and have been its trenchant critics. Stressing on the need to win over the trust of minorities, Modi said, “They [minorities] cannot be handed over to them [opposition], who benefit because we keep quiet”. He said the poor were deceived all these years but his government managed to break through this “deception” and improved their lot, and asked the NDA MPs to similarly smash through the deception around minorities.

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”.

6. “The country hates VIP culture. Why shouldn’t we stand in line for the security check at the airport? We have set this trend and are determined to pursue it in the times to come. It didn’t cost us much to remove lal battis (red beacons), but it sent a good message to the country,” Modi said. Suggesting that MPs of the ruling should restrain themselves from talking to media and stroking controversies, Modi said, “No matter how hard we work, one bad remark will undo all.”

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”.

9. “It is good that at least she has accepted defeat. But her offer to quit is nothing but a drama to garner sympathy,” BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.

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.

Updated: May 26, 2019 — 1:08 am