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Posted at: May 24, 2019, 7:26 PM; last updated: May 25, 2019, 7:01 AM (IST)

Cabinet recommends dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha; PM resigns

Cabinet recommends dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha; PM resigns
The Cabinet meeting came a day after the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections in which the NDA retained power with a massive mandate. File photo

New Delhi, May 24

President Ram Nath Kovind Friday accepted resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to continue till a new government assumes office, a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

The prime minister met the president and tendered his resignation along with the council of ministers, it said.

"The president has accepted the resignation and requested Modi and the council of ministers to continue till the new government assumes office," the communique said.

The development came after the Union Cabinet recommended the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha as the Union Council of Ministers tendered their collective resignation, government sources said.

The Cabinet meeting came a day after the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections in which the NDA retained power with a massive mandate.

After the Cabinet's recommendation, President Ram Nath Kovind is now expected to dissolve the present Lok Sabha, the term of which is ending on June 3.

He would also ask the present government to continue till the new government is formed in the coming days.

Later, at a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers, all members of the Council tendered their collective resignation.

The president has invited the members of the Union Council of Ministers for a dinner at Rashtrapati Bhawan where the PM would submit the recommendation to dissolve the present Lok Sabha and the resignations.

The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3. 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.

Besides the prime minister, the Union Council of Ministers has 60 members, including cabinet ministers, ministers of state with independent charges and ministers of state.

In the absence of the PM, the Union Council of Ministers passed a resolution praising the leadership of Modi and the work done by the government in the last five years.

The present Modi government had taken oath on May 26, 2014. PTI

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