President Ram Nath Kovind today dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha with immediate effect on recommendation of the Union cabinet. The President dissolved the Lok Sabha after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi made such a recommendation on Friday, a communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. “The President has accepted the advice of the Cabinet on 24.05.2019 and signed the Order dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha,” it said.
Earlier in the day, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, along with two Election Commissioners – Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, met the President and submitted the list of 542 newly-elected members of the Lok Sabha that will enable him to initiate the formal process of new government formation.
During their meeting, the President congratulated the CEC and his team on the successful completion of the electoral process and of the largest democratic exercise in human history.
Last evening, the President had accepted the resignation of PM Modi and his council of ministers but asked them to continue as caretaker until formation of a new government. Modi is expected to take oath as a new prime minister next week.