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NDA Leaders Unanimously Choose PM Modi As Alliance Leader

Mumbai: Senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) convened in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the intricacies of government formation following their victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections, paving the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third consecutive term. Also Read: What Were BJP’s Surprise Wins And Losses In Lok Sabha Election?

The meeting, held a day after the ruling coalition secured a majority in the Lok Sabha, focused on charting the course for the formation of the new government under Modi’s leadership. Reports from various TV news channels indicated that the NDA is expected to meet President Droupadi Murmu later in the day to stake claim to form the government.

Key figures present at the meeting included TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, JD(U) leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde, and LJP (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan, alongside senior BJP leaders.

With the TDP, JD(U), Shiv Sena, and LJP securing 16, 12, 7, and 5 seats respectively, their role in government formation is deemed crucial.

JD(U) MP Sanjay Kumar Jha expressed gratitude to the electorate for the NDA’s mandate for the third consecutive term. He stated, “The government under the leadership of Narendra Modi will soon be formed, and very soon a meeting of all the MPs will take place.”

Eknath Shinde, upon his arrival in New Delhi, pledged his support to Modi in forming the government. “Modiji has got a majority. The NDA will form the government under Modiji’s leadership,” Shinde affirmed to reporters at the Delhi airport.

While the date for the oath-taking ceremony remains unconfirmed, there is speculation among some alliance members that it may occur over the weekend if the modalities of the new government are swiftly determined. Parties like the TDP and JD(U) are anticipated to assert demands for key portfolios, given their crucial support for government formation and stability.

Despite the NDA comfortably surpassing the majority mark of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha, the BJP’s tally of 240 seats falls short of the magic number for the first time since 2014, underlining the significance of alliance support in the current political landscape.

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