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24th May, 2019



  • 16th Lok Sabha dissolved; President accepts resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers.

  • BJP wins 303 seats in 543-member Lok Sabha; becomes the first non-Congress party to return to power consecutively for the second term.

  • At least 20 people killed in a massive fire at a commercial building in Surat city of Gujarat.

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation over Brexit deal.

  • In Sports: Nine Indian pugilists including MC Mary Kom and Shiva Thapa win gold medals at India Open International Boxing Tournament in Assam.


The 16th Lok Sabha has been dissolved; President Ram Nath Kovind accepted resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers

The Prime Minister met the President at Rastrapati Bhawan this evening and  tendered his resignation.

The President requested Mr. Modi and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new Government assumes office. 


Earlier, the Union Cabinet passed a resolution recommending the dissolution of  the 16th Lok Sabha. The term of the 16th  Lok Sabha will  end on the 3rd June and the 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before that date. The process to form a new House will be initiated when the Chief Election Commissioner along with Election Commissioners will meet the President in the next few days to hand over the list of newly-elected members.


With all the Lok Sabha results out, the BJP has won 303 seats surpassing its previous record of 282 in 2014. This is the first time that a non-Congress party will take over at the Centre for the second term consecutively. Elections were held in 542 constituencies. The election to Vellore parliamentary constuency was cancelled by the Election Commission on allegations of an exeessive use of money power. The Congress could hardly improve its tally of 44 in the previous Lok Sabha and secured 52 seats this time. The Congress could not even get the number of seats required for Leader of Opposition status in the Lok Sabha.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won 351 seats as against their previous tally of 336. The UPA gets 90 seats.

BJP made a clean sweep in Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi. In Rajasthan of the 25 seats, BJP got 24 and its ally party one.

The DMK gets third position winning 23 seats followed by Trinamool Congress and YSR Congress 22 each.  The Shiv Sena bagged 18 seats and  Janata Dal(United) 16.  Left parties CPI and CPI-M have been decimated and are left with only five seats -- three for the CPI-M and two for CPI. This is half of their tally of 10 in 2014 elections.

As many as 15 parties have sent just one MP to the 17th Lok Sabha. Among them are Aam Admi party, AIADMK, Janata Dal(S) and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won from Varanasi by over 4 lakh 79 thousand votes. He has surpassed his previous margin of 3 lakh 71 thousand seven hundered and 84 votes in 2014 parliamentary elections. He defeated SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate Shalini Yadav who secured one lakh 95 thousand votes. Congress candidate Ajay Rai was relegated to third position.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi retained Rai Bareily seat while Congress President Rahul Gandhi lost Amethi to Union Minister Smriti Irani by a margin of over 55,000 votes.

In Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference and BJP have won three seats each.

The BJP wave continues in In Uttar Pradesh. The party has won 62 seats with a vote share of 49.56 per cent. Our correspondent reports, the Congress with only one seat could get only 6.31 per cent of the votes in the state. 

"The BJP wave swept away the dreams of opposition alliance in the state. While BJP grabbed almost half of the total casted votes which was 7 percent more than its vote share in 2014. BSP got 19.3 percent votes and Samajwadi party 18 percent. Which is 4 percent less than 2014.  Congress vote share also decreased by 1 percent despite Priyanka Gandhi vadra extensive campaign. Sources told AIR that state congress chief Raj Babbar offered to resign after the embarrassing defeat in state." SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW.

In Odisha, Out of 21 Lok Sabha constituencies, BJD has bagged 12 seats followed by BJP 8 and Congress one. 174 candidates were in the fray, of which 125 lost their deposits.

In Tamil Nadu, DMK-led UPA has wrested 37 of 38 seats from the AIADMK. State ruling party AIADMK retained the Theni seat only.

In one of the biggest ever assembly bye-elections in the state, AIADMK bagged nine seats, whereas DMK won in 13. DMK’s strength in the Assembly has now gone up to 110 while the ruling AIADMK has increased its tally to maintain a comfortable majority on the floor of the house.

In Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress has made a clean sweep, winning 22 out of 25 parliamentary seats. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has won only 3 seats. Only 54 of 329 candidates could save their deposits while 275 lost.

BJP has swept Madhya Pradesh also winning 28 seats while Congress could get only one in Chhindwada. BJP grabbed 58 percent of votes while Congress received 34.5 percent.


In Punjab, Congress has won eight seats out of 13 in the state. BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal shared two each while Aam Aadmi Party got one.

In Maharashtra, Out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state, BJP gets 23  and its ally Shiv Sena 18. NCP has bagged 4 seats while Congress and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen get one seat each.

"The BJP's decision to replace six sitting MPs in Maharashtra for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls paid off handsomely as all six won with comfortable margins. The sitting MPs replaced were veterans A T Nana Patil from Jalgaon, Dilip Gandhi from Ahmednagar, Harishchandra Chavan in Dindori and first time MPs Anil Shirole from Pune, Sharad Bansode in Solapur and Sunil Gaikwad from Latur. SONALI GHADYALPATIL AIR NEWS MUMBAI.

In Goa, both BJP and Congress have bagged one seat each.

In West Bengal, Out of 42 constituencies, the Trinamool Congress has bagged 22, BJP 18, and Congress 2.  

In Bihar, Out of 40 seats BJP has bagged 17 seats while its ally Janta Dal (United) gots 16 and Lok Janshakti Party got six. Congress could manage only one.  Only 80 out of 626 candidates could save their deposits. In Patna Sahib constituency, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad secured 61.85 percent votes against Shatrughan Sinha of Congress while Ashok Kumar Yadav also of BJP secured 61 percent votes in Madhubani.

In Jharkhand, Out of 14 seats, BJP has got 11 while AJSU party, Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha gots s one seat each. Of the  total 230 candidates, 204 lost their deposits.

In Chhattisgarh, out of total 11 Parliamentary seats, BJP has won 9 while Congress bagged the remaining 2.

In Karnataka, BJP secured a landmark victory winning 25 seats out of 28 seats. The Congress, JDS and independent got one each.

"Most of the Congress leaders who spoke to the media persons here had two things to say. One that the coalition Government will continue and second that the disgruntled MLAs in the party will be brought into the its fold to curb any dissent. The JD(S) leaders had not much to add except saying that they will introspect on the defeat in Mandya which has been their citadel since many years. BJP leaders are saying that the state coalition government will fall on its own and that they will not be responsible for it."Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru.

In Telangana, TRS has won 9 seats. BJP has won 4 seats. Congress has bagged 3 seats. AIMIM candidate Asaduddin Owaisi has won from Hyderabad.

In Kerala, the Congress-led UDF got a comfortable victory with Congress winning 15 seats. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has won from Wayanad constituency by securing a margin of over 4 lakhs 31 thousand votes over CPI candidate P.P.Suneer. IUML has won 2 seats.

In Assam, BJP has won nine seats and Congress three. For BJP, the vote share has declined marginally from 36.86 percent to 36.05 per cent. Congress vote share has increased to 35.44 per cent from 29.9 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

In Arunachal Pradesh, BJP has bagged both Arunachal East and Arunachal west seats. Party candidate and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju defeated Nabam Tuki of Congress by a margin of over 1,74,000 votes. BJP candidate Tapir Gao won from Arunachal East.

In Manipur, BJP  candidate Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh has won from Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat while  Naga People’s Front candidate Lorho S.P foze has won Outer Manipur seat.

C Lalrosanga of Mizo National Front  has won in Mizoram constituency while in Nagaland, the lone Lok Sabha seat has been bagged by Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party.

The position is clear about formation of the new Assemblies in the four states of Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim which went to the polls alongwith the Lok Sabha elections.

In Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress party registered a historic win securing 151 of 175 assembly seats followed by Telugu Desam Party with 23 and Janasena one seat.

"The legislature party of YSR Congress is meeting tomorrow in Vijayawada  where party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy is set to be elected unanimously  as leader of the House  in Legislative assembly. Mr Reddy along with part leaders will meet governor ESL Narasimhan in Hyderabad to request him to invite him to form the government. He will be sworn in as Chief Minister on May  30th for which arrangements are underway. He will be sworn in as second chief minister of Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation." With a Report of Suprasanthi for AIR news from Vijayawada.

In Odisha Assembly, the ruling BJD has retained power by winning  112 seats in 146 member assembly.

BJP is set to form a new government in Arunachal Pradesh securing 37 seats in the 60-member Assembly. Results have been declared for 58 constituencies and counting for 2 remaining seats is in progress.

In Sikkim, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha is poised to form the new government. It got majority in the 32 member house by winninbg 17 seats. SDF has bagged 15 seats.

" As per latest information, Sikkim Democratic Front's President and Sikkim's Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has tendered his resignation late this evening to the Governor Sri Ganga Prasad, after his party lost the assembly election.Respecting the public mandate he has congratulated the winning SKM Party and it's leader Prem Singh Tamang. In another development SKM party leaders are holding meetings to decide the name of New chief minister of Sikkim. Ashok Chaurasia AIR News Sikkim.

In Madhya Pradesh Assemby by-poll, for Chindwara seat, Chief Minister and Congress candidate Kamal Nath defeated his nearest rival Vivek Sahu of BJP by a margin of over 25 thousand eight hundred votes.


The Congress has convened a meeting of its Working Committee in New Delhi tomorrow. Sources said, at the meeting, top Congress leaders will deliberate on the reasons of the party's loss in Lok Sabha elections.


In Gujarat, at least 20 persons mostly students were killed and several other injured in a major fire that broke out at a  multi-storey commercial building in Sarthana area of Surat. Our correspondent reports that the fire broke out on the second floor of Takshshila complex, where about 50 students were attending private tution classes.

"Students were attending the private tuition class in the complex, when misshape occurred. According to sources, death tall may rise as many students seriously injured in this incident. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an inquiry in to this tragic incident. Principal Secretary of Urban Development department Mukesh Puri has been asked to submit his report in 3 days. State Government has also announced Rs. 4 lakh immediate cash assistance to the families of victims."Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over the fire tragedy. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he has asked the Gujarat government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected in the fire tragedy.



British Prime Minister Theresa May today announced that she will quit as Conservative leader on 7th of next month after failing to persuade MPs to support her Brexit deal. Ms May also failed to win over her ministers with a revised strategy to withdraw Britain from the European Union In an emotional statement at Downing Street in London, the British Prime Minister said, she did her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to do so. The resignation will signal the formal start of a leadership contest to decide the new Prime Minister. 


At the India open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati, nine Indian pugilists have won gold medals so far.

In Women's event, Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom and the seasoned L Sarita Devi spearheaded India's gold rush. MC Mary Kom won her final bout against Vanlal Duati in 51 kilogram. L Sarita Devi won the gold in 60 kilogram. Neeraj won the final in 57 kg category. In Men's event, Shiv Thapa wins gold in 60 kg category.  


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