BJP-led NDA meeting concludes: Leaders set to take charge of government soon

The NDA is comfortably above the majority mark of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

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At a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, senior leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, discussed the specifics of forming a government. The ruling coalition's victory in the Lok Sabha election, which opened the door for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to serve a third term, was the occasion of the gathering.

NDA and government

The National Democratic Alliance is going to see President Droupadi Murmu later on Wednesday and lay claim to form the government under Narendra Modi's leadership, TV news outlets reported.

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, JD(U) leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde and LJP (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan were among those who were present at the meeting headed by Modi. Senior BJP leaders were also in attendance.

Alliance back again?

The TDP, JD(U), Shinde-led Shiv Sena and LJP (Ram Vilas) have won 16, 12, seven and five seats, respectively and will play a significant role in the government formation. “The NDA meeting was chaired at the PM's residence, which was also attended by the CM (Nitish Kumar). Everyone put forth their views and thanked the public for this mandate to the NDA for a third time. The government under the leadership of Narendra Modi will soon be formed, and very soon a meeting of all the MPs will take place,” said JD(U) MP Sanjay Kumar Jha.

Leaders and the alliance

Eknath Shinde claimed he arrived in New Delhi to support Modi in forming the cabinet. "Modiji has got a majority. The NDA will establish the government under Modiji's leadership," Shinde told reporters at the Delhi airport.

Though there was no formal indication of the date for the oath-taking ceremony, there is a feeling among some members of the coalition that it may take place over the weekend, provided the details of the new administration are rapidly worked out.

N factor: Nitish and Naidu

Parties like as the TDP and the JD(U) are expected to demand several important ministries, as their support will be critical for government formation and survival. While the NDA is comfortably above the majority mark of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha, the BJP, which won 240 seats, has fallen short of the magic number for the first time since 2014 and critically reliant on its partners.