Thursday, June 13, 2024

NDA elects Narendra Modi as its leader

The parties of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) unanimously passed a resolution electing Narendra Modi as their leader in a meeting at his official residence, marking the beginning of the process for forming Modi’s third-term government on Wednesday, June 5.

In total, 21 NDA leaders signed the resolution, which appreciated Modi’s efforts in ‘nation-building’, ‘welfare of the poor’, and ‘development’, adding that they were all partners in that effort.

“After a very long gap of almost six decades, the people of India have chosen a powerful leader with an absolute majority for the third consecutive time,” the resolution read.

“We NDA leaders unanimously choose Narendra Modi as our leader,” it added.

The meeting was attended by BJP president J.P. Nadda, BJP leaders Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh, and the BJP’s allies, including Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu, Shiv Sena chief Eknath Shinde, Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, Janasena Party chief Pawan Kalyan, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan, and Nationalist Congress Party (Ajit Pawar faction) leader Praful Patel, among others.

With the BJP falling 32 seats short of a full majority on its own in the Lok Sabha, the distribution of ministries and the shape of the new coalition government will require some mediation. According to sources, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, and J.P. Nadda will hold meetings with alliance partners to hammer out the details.

The TDP, led by N. Chandrababu Naidu, is likely to demand a special category status for Andhra Pradesh, Cabinet berths including one for his son in the new government, and funds for the Amaravati capital city he had originally planned. Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) plans to leverage the 12 seats it has won to negotiate plum portfolios in the cabinet, including the coveted Railways ministry.

The newly-elected NDA MPs will hold a meeting on Friday, and it remains uncertain when the new government will be sworn in.

After INDIA bloc leaders met on Wednesday, several party leaders indicated they should wait and watch for now.

“We will take appropriate steps at the appropriate time to realize the people’s desire not to be ruled by the BJP’s government. This is our decision,” Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said.

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