Modi to Take Oath as Prime Minister on Sunday; Cabinet Position Anticipated for Suresh Gopi

Narendra Modi will take the oath as Prime Minister for the third time on Sunday, as announced by senior BJP leader Pralhad Joshi during the NDA parliamentary party meeting. The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled for 6 PM on June 9, and the event was discussed at the Central Hall of the old Parliament Building, where NDA leaders gathered to elect Modi as their leader.

In a significant development, Suresh Gopi, the elected MP from Thrissur, is likely to be inducted into the central cabinet. However, no official confirmation has been received regarding his appointment. The NDA meeting saw the presence of senior alliance leaders, including chief ministers, who are expected to endorse a resolution proposed by BJP president J P Nadda in support of Modi’s leadership.

Following Modi’s election as the leader of NDA MPs, prominent members of the alliance, such as TDP’s N Chandrababu Naidu, JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar, and Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, will join Modi for a meeting with President Droupadi Murmu to present the list of parliamentarians supporting him. Other notable NDA leaders present at the meeting included Chirag Paswan, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Anupriya Patel, and Pawan Kalyan.

The NDA currently holds 293 MPs, comfortably surpassing the majority mark of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Senior BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Nadda, have been engaged in discussions with allies to finalize their share of representation in the new government. These deliberations are crucial as the BJP will depend on its allies for the survival of the government.

The BJP leadership has acted swiftly since the June 4 election results to form the government and eliminate any uncertainty following the verdict. The recent election results were a setback for the ruling party as it lost its majority for the first time since 2014, making the support of allies essential for maintaining its hold on power.

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