President dissolves 15th Lok Sabha
Ending the formality ahead of the formation of the new government at the Centre, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday dissolved the 15th Lok Sabha with immediate effect.
" The Cabinet, in its meeting held yesterday, had advised the President to dissolve the Fifteenth Lok Sabha with immediate effect," read a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.
" The President accepted the advice of the Cabinet and today signed the Order dissolving the Fifteenth Lok Sabha in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by sub-clause (b) of Clause (2) Article 85 of the Constitution," the statement said.
Decimating the ruling Congress in a landslide victory, Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win 285 seats out of 543 that made it the first party to cross the majority mark of 272 on its own in over 30 years.
Riding on an unprecedented wave of expectations coupled with widespread resentment against the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Modi almost singled-handedly bought the BJP-led National Deocratic Alliance (NDA) to a 340-seat-tally.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party meanwhile was routed to just 44 seats, a huge 162 seats short of last time, ending Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tenure with a humiliating blow.
(Posted on 18-05-2014)