New Delhi: Exercising powers vested in him under Article 75 (1) of the Constitution of India, the President Ram Nath Kovind, today appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India. He requested Modi to:
- advise him about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers; and
- indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Modi was formally intimated when he called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan today in his capacity as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in the House of the People following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha.
Earlier in the day, a delegation of the National Democratic Alliance led by Amit Shah, President, BJP, and comprising Prakash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj, Uddhav Thakeray, Nitin Gadkari, K. Palaniswami, Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio, called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
A letter stating that Narendra Modi has been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party was handed over to the President. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President.
Earlier Modi was elected leader by the BJP Parlaimentary Party and also the newly elected MPs of the NDA constituent parties at the Central Hall of Parliament. Modi said on this occasion that the people of India do not tolerate leaders if power goes to their head. For the last five years, even though we were in the corridors of power we were there only to serve the people, he added.
Elections divide but in the 2019 election people got united and all the barriers that divide people were broken, Modi said adding that the people of this country have walked with us in unison between 2014 and 2019. They have shared responsibilities with us. This election was fought on the pro-incumbency wave and there was over-riding faith, not only between the Government and the people but also between the citizens. There has been a positive vote and people had decided to re-elect NDA to power. The experts of electoral politics could not visualise this.
Modi announced that the new government will carry forward the “NARA” (which means “slogan” in English). He explained it further saying NARA stands for National Agenda + Regional Agenda.