President Ram Nath Kovind appointed PM Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India for a second consecutive term.
"Exercising powers vested in him under Article 75 (1) of the Constitution of India, President Kovind, today appoint Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India," he said.
PM Narendra Modi had met President Ram Nath Kovind to stake claim to form the government
"President today gave me a letter designating me as the Prime Minister... the country has given me a huge mandate and the mandate comes with the expectations of the people," PM Modi said, after being appointed to the post of Prime Minister.
A delegation led by BJP chief Amit Shah, 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 President Kovind on Saturday evening. They handed to him a letter stating that PM Modi had been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted saying that he had asked PM 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.
BJP won 303 Lok Sabha seats while the party's alliance NDA won 352 seats.
With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's resignation and the subsequent acceptance of the resignation by President Ramnath Kovind, PM is all set to lay his claim on the upcoming government.
(Inputs from agencies)