New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) registered a humongous win in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and is poised to get 348 seats out of total 542 Parliamentary constituency seats in which polling was held in seven phases. As per the official data (partial) released by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday morning, the BJP had bagged 288 seats and was leading on 15. Meanwhile, the Congress had won 50 seats and leading on 2.

(Full Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019)

With the BJP managing to gain full majority, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the country’s first non-Congress leader to retain the power. He is also the third Prime Minister, after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, to achieve that feat.

Meanwhile on Friday, amid the victory celebrations, the Union Cabinet will meet in the evening around 5 PM to recommend the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. After the Cabinet’s recommendation is passed in the form of a resolution, President Ram Nath Kovind will dissolve the present Lok Sabha, the term of which is ending on June 3.

The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3 and the process to form a new House will be initiated when the three Election Commissioners meet the President in the next few days to hand over the list of newly-elected members.

After the meeting of the Union Cabinet, the Council of Ministers, which also comprises ministers of state, will meet at the South Block office of the Prime Minister, official sources were quoted as saying in a PTI report on Thursday.

Sweeping clean the country, the BJP routed the Congress, which could barely improve beyond its 2014 tally of 44 seats. The Indian National Congress (INC) president Rahul Gandhi suffered a shock defeat in Amethi, but won from Wayanad in Kerala. Accepting the responsibility of the debacle, he congratulated PM Modi and the BJP.

At a press conference, he refused to address the issue and insisted his party would meet on Friday to discuss the course of action.“The people of India have decided that Narendra Modi will be the PM again and I fully respect it,” he said.

The most spectacular results came in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP punctured the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party (SP-BSP) alliance. The party also made major inroads in West Bengal by taking the victory lap in an unprecedented 18 of the 42 seats.

In Gujarat, the party repeated 2014 victory lap and bagged all 26 seats. While in Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, the party and its allies won all the seats.

In Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh, the party won both the seats. It also emerged victorious on the single seats of Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Manipur.

Improving its 2014 tally, the BJP won 28 out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile in Karanataka, the party bagged 25 out 28 seats.

In Maharashtra, the BJP attained 41 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra along with the Shiv Sena, 11 out of 14 in Jharkhand and 9 out of 14 in Assam.

At a victory celebration followed by a massive procession on Thursday, the Prime Minister addressed the BJP workers at the party headquarters in New Delhi and promised the nation that he may make mistakes but would never do anything with ill-intention. On the other hand, he reached out to the political rivals and said, “We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us, even our opponents. We have to work for the benefit of the country.”

Thanking the public for the overwhelming mandate, he said, “You have filled this fakir’s bag with a lot of hope. All your hopes, dreams, ambitions are dependent on it.”

The voting for Lok Sabha Elections was staggered between April 11 and May 19 in which around 67 per cent of the nearly 900 million eligible people exercised their franchise to elect 542 members from a total of 8,049 contestants.