“I came to call on the President. The President has given me a formal letter (of appointment as the PM) and has invited me for oath-taking ceremony on May 26 at 6 pm as we had earlier decided,” Modi told the media emerging from the meeting with the President Pranab Mukherjee.
Modi’s call on the President came after he was unanimously elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party and later at a combined meeting of the BJP and its allies constituting the NDA as leader of the coalition.
Later, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said as Modi has been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party and BJP has majority support in the House of the People, the President appointed him the Prime Minister of India and requested him to advise the names of members of the council of ministers.
“The President will administer the oath of office and secrecy on May 26 at 6 PM at Rashtrapati Bhawan,” President’s spokesman Venu Rajamony said.
In his brief interaction with the media outside Rashtrapati Bhawan, Modi displayed the President’s letter appointing him to the top post.
Earlier the President greeted Modi on his landslide victory. “Welcome, welcome, welcome,” Mukherejee said, receiving a bouquet from Modi.
Offering a bunch of flowers, he congratulated him on his “grand victory”.
Before Modi’s meeting with the President, a delegation of NDA leaders led by Rajnath Singh and L K Advani called on the President to convey to him the decision of the BJP and the NDA parliamentary parties to choose Modi as their leader.
“Today we had a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary party and we have adopted a unanimous resolution to elect Narendra Modi as our leader.
All the NDA allies were also present. “We have requested the President to invite Narendra Modi for the swearing-in as the Prime Minister,” Singh told reporters at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
He said BJP has the support letters of 10 allies of the NDA which includes 335 MPs.
The letter of a one-member ally–Swabimani Paksh of Maharashtra–was not ready and it would be submitted soon.
Singh said 3,000 people are proposed to be invited for the swearing-in ceremony for which time will announced soon.
Constituents of 29-party NDA today chose Narendra Modi as their leader hailing him as “strong” personality with “extraordinary capabilities” under whom the country will prosper and attain a major stature in the world.
In his brief acceptance speech, Modi said that even though BJP got a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha polls, NDA allies will be as important for him as they would have been without it.