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PM Modi to be sworn-in at 7 pm on 30 May


Dropped in to ⁦⁦Arun Jaitley⁩ this afternoon to brief him on W. Bengal and present him a copy of my book: Swapan Dasgupta

Questions about ⁦Arun Jaitley⁩ health understandable. He is recovering from a bout of chemo. But he is still in terrific form and his wit is firmly intact. Needs a little rest to get back his strength. All out good wishes.


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EC alone can explain how there were no votes polled in favour of AMMK in certain booths when atleast four of our functionaries were present in each booth: TTV Dhinakaran – AMMK leader

To know about our sleeper cells one has to wait for a Vote of confidence: TTV

AP CM elect YS Jagan meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi today

Will seek votes in 2024 only after confining liquor availability to five star hotels: AP CM elect YS Jagan

Watch from 8:42



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Interaction with media starts at 17:50

President Kovind, today appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India

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An NDA delegation, led by Amit Shah, President, BJP, 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 the President.

A letter stating that Narendra Modi had been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party was handed over to the President. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President.

Exercising powers vested in him under Article 75 (1) of the Constitution of India, President Kovind, today appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India.

The President requested Narendra Modi to: i) advise him about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers; and ii) indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.


The Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora, accompanied by Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

A copy of the Notification issued by the ECI in terms of Section 73 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, containing the names of Members elected to the House of the People – following General Elections to the 17th Lok Sabha – was submitted by them to the President.

The President congratulated the Chief Election Commissioner and the other Election Commissioners on the successful completion of the electoral process and of the largest democratic exercise in human history.

The President appreciated the efforts of the Election Commission, its officials and members of its staff, other public officials, police and security personnel, for working tirelessly and diligently to uphold the sanctity of the people’s ballot, and a free and fair election.

The President commended hundreds of millions of voters who participated in the election process in such large numbers. The President noted this was entirely in keeping with our Constitution and India’s deep and unshakeable democratic traditions.

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DMK candidates who posted victories in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections led by party President MK Stalin offered tributes at Periyar and Anna memorial today

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Video of victorious DMK MPs’ and MLAs’ offering floral tributes at Periyar, Anna and Kalignar memorials …

Congress Working Committee meets at AICC Delhi to take stock of the Lok Sabha results and chart the course forward

We will bounce back : Ashok Gehlot

After the 2019 mandate, rumors of Congress President’s resignation are baseless and irrelevant. We shall never forget that it was because of Rahul Gandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to NDA government.

We fought hard for a cause. Under Rahul Gandhi’s exemplary leadership, we will bounce back and will continue to serve the Nation.

AP CM-elect YS Jagan meets AP Governor and Teleangana CM KCR

AP CM-elect YS Jagan met Governor ESL Narasimhan in Hyderabad to stake claim to form Government. He will be sworn-in on 30 May in Vijayawada. He was accompanied by his wife and party leaders during the meeting.

Later Jagan and his wife called on Telangana CM KCR. They were warmly received by KCR, his son KT Rama Rao and their family members.

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Yesterday :
A new dawn awaits, a new term beckons : PM Modi

The sun sets on this term but the brightness our work has brought will continue to illuminate the lives of millions. A new dawn awaits, a new term beckons. We are even more determined to fulfil the dreams of 130 crore Indians and create the New India all of us dreamt of:

‘Met the Council of Ministers…’


Met the Council of Ministers earlier today. It has been great working with this team, which has left no stone unturned to fulfil people’s aspirations and boost India’s development. I thanked them for their industrious efforts.

Had a wonderful interaction with the entire PMO staff : Modi


Thanked them for their hardwork over the last 5 years. Also thanked their family members, who have been very understanding. Emphasised on the importance of teamwork and how it ensures better efficiency and service delivery.

‘Feel happy to be representing…’


Party colleagues from Kashi gave me the official certificate of election from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency! Feel happy to be representing one of the oldest and most vibrant centres of Indian culture:


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Kovind

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Prime Minister tendered his resignation along with the Union Council of Ministers.

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.


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PM Modi calls on Advani and Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi

Called on respected Advani Ji. The BJP’s successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people.


Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi is a scholar and intellectual par excellence. His contribution towards improving Indian education is remarkable. He has always worked to strengthen the BJP and mentor several Karyakartas, including me. Met him this morning and sought his blessings: @narendramodi

MNM President Kamal Haasan’s press meet on the Election Results


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Participated in the meeting of leaders of Opposition parties in New Delhi. Also met the CEC: Kanimozhi – DMK RS MP

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BJP President Amit Shah:

I congratulate Team Modi Sarkar for their hard work and remarkable achievements in the last 5 years.

Let us keep this momentum going for a New India under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.

Sharing pictures of Aabhar Milan of Union Council of Ministers at BJP HQ, New Delhi.

Pic Credit: @AmitShah

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

‘My father was gentle, loving, kind & affectionate.

He taught me to love & respect all beings. To never hate. To forgive.

I miss him.

On his death anniversary, I remember my father with love & gratitude’:
Rahul Gandhi – Congress President

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For the past eight years the ADMK Govt., by not releasing water for irrigation on time has been disrupting the livelihood of farmers, what is the happiness they get by doing this? : MK Stalin

Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms: Election Commission

All polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks

Certain complaints of alleged movement of EVMs, purportedly to replace the polled EVMs in the strongrooms, have been doing the rounds in sections of media. Election Commission of India would like to emphatically and unambiguously clarify that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false, and factually incorrect. The visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls.

After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography. Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Further, the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times.

On the counting day, the strongrooms are opened in the presence of the candidates/agents and Observer under videography. Before the counting of EVMs commences, the counting agents are shown the address tags, seals and serial number of the EVMs to satisfy themselves to the genuineness and authenticity of the machinesused in the actual polls.

The provisions and protocols have been explained to the political parties on multiple occasions including in several of the 93 meetings held with them at the Commission since announcement of elections. All Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers have again been advised to brief the candidates on the elaborate counting arrangements.

As can be appreciated, the detailed administrative protocols, security framework and procedural guidelines mandated by the Commission completely foreclose and pre-empt the possibility of any mischief or manipulation in the polled EVMs and VVPATs stored in the designated strongrooms under the 24X7 watch of the CAPF as well as the candidates.

The aspersions in clips being used in media merely pertain to the storage or movement of Reserve unused EVMs. However any case of lapse even in handling of Reserve EVMs is thoroughly investigated and disciplinary action taken against the officers responsible. An EVM Control Room 011- 23052123 will also be functioning at Nirvachan Sadan for handling any EVM related complaints till the completion of counting. This will become operative from 11am on 22.5.2019.

A traditional welcome in Bishkek


Following a tip-off India Coast Guard Ship apprehended a Karachi registered Pakistani Fishing Boat ‘AL-MADINA’ with 06 crew onboard off Gujarat coast this morning & seized 194 packets of Narcotics substance. Boat is being escorted to Jakhau for investigation.

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