NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind has dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha or the Indian Parliament, on the request of the outgoing Cabinet, following general election 2019 results.
Rashtrapati Bhawan, in a statement said that the President of India has dissolved the Lok Sabha after a Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday recommended it.
Kovind had on Friday accepted the resignation of Modi and his council of ministers who, according to the information, would continue as caretaker until the formation of a new government.
Modi is expected to take oath as a new Prime Minister for the second term next week, and has been elected as a leader of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance.
The party is also expected to finalise new portfolios to be allocated to newly-elected lawmakers by next week.
Leaders such as JDU’s Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were present at the NDA meet, and extended their support to Modi who was elected as the leader of the BJP parliamentary party.
The ruling BJP won Lok Sabha 2019 election with a thumping majority, bagging 303 out of 542 seats. The main Opposition party Congress won merely 52 seats.