Prime Minister Modi meets BJP Union ministers, dinner hosted by Amit Shah BJP President
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 21, May 2019, 18:53 pm IST | UPDATED: 21, May 2019, 18:53 pm IST
Delhi: With the exit polls forecasting NDA's return to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met with Union ministers from the BJP as well as allies at a meeting hosted by party president Amit Shah at its headquarters in New Delhi.The BJP described the meeting as an occasion to thank ministers for "their service to the nation" ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election on May 23, following which a new government will assume charge. The BJP's decision to host the dinner comes following the exit polls which have been unanimous in projecting another term for Modi.
At the meeting, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, J P Nadda and Prakash Javadekar were among the key leaders present. Some ministers from BJP allies, including Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party, Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the Akali Dal and Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal, were seen.
Shah is also hosting a dinner for BJP leaders and allies later in the evening.
Earlier, Modi and Shah at a press conference on May 17 had exuded confidence that the saffron party-led alliance will return to power, and exit polls have furthered boosted their hopes.
According to an exit poll conducted by ABP News-Nielsen on Sunday, it has been forecast that the BJP-led NDA will cross the majority mark of 277 in the 543-member Lok Sabha, five seats above the majority mark. While the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) could win 130 seats while other regional/non-aligned parties are tipped to win 135 seats.
Polls have been held for 542 seats as the Election Commission had deferred the election for Vellore seat due to allegations of the use of money to influence the voting.
Several BJP leaders asserted on Monday that the party will get a majority on its own, repeating the unprecedented feat it achieved in 2014 by winning 282 seats.