Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tendered his resignation as per protocol to President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday after the Union Cabinet passed a resolution to dissolve the 16th Lok Sabha, reports The Statesman.
“The president accepted the resignation and requested the prime minister and the Union Council of Ministers to continue in office till the new Government is formed,” read a tweet posted from the official Twitter handle of the president.
Modi is likely to take oath of office as the head of the new government on 30 May.
Following the Union Cabinet recommendation and Modi’ resignation, president Kovind will dissolve the present Lok Sabha, the term of which is ending on Jun 3.
The next Lok Sabha has to be constituted before Jun 3 and the process to form a new House will be initiated when the three election commissioners meet the president in the next few days to hand over the list of newly elected members.
Counting for 542 Lok Sabha constituencies where elections were held began on Thursday. The BJP-led NDA returned to power with a thumping majority securing 351 seats. The BJP itself won 303 seats, its best performance till date.
The verdict made Prime Minister Narendra Modi only the third PM and the first BJP leader to return to power after completing a full term. He also became the first PM after Indira Gandhi to win with a clear majority.