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Modi meets Indian President, stakes claim to form next gov't

English.news.cn   2014-05-20 18:43:43

India's prime minister designate Narendra Modi (L) displays a letter from the Indian President inviting him to form the new government outside the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, May 20, 2014. India's prime minister designate Narendra Modi Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee at the latter 's official residence in the national capital, and claimed his right to form the next government.(Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)

NEW DELHI, May 20 (Xinhua) -- India's prime minister designate Narendra Modi Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee at the latter 's official residence in the national capital, and claimed his right to form the next government.

The 63-year-old hardline Hindu politician met the president barely a couple of hours after he was formally named as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s parliamentary party leader, thus officially becoming the prime minister designate.

Modi will be sworn in as India's 15th prime minister on May 26, BJP chief Rajnath Singh has announced.

The BJP, led by Modi, swept to power in the recently concluded general elections, bagging 282 out of 543 seats in the Lower House of Parliament, decimating the ruling Congress party which suffered its worst ever defeat due to its inability to tackle corruption and inflation.

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