New Delhi| Jagran News Desk| The BJP-led NDA on Saturday evening elected Narendra Modi as its leader in today's parliamentary meeting. 

The meeting was attended by veteran BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. 

Top alliance leaders, including JD(U), 's Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, and Akali Dal's Parkash Singh Badal, extended their party's support after Modi was elected as the leader of the BJP parliamentary party at first.

BJP President Amit Shah thanked the elected MPs to chose Narendra Modi as their leader.

"I thank all the allies and the MPs who have unanimously chosen NDA's leader Narendra Modi as the new Prime Minister of the country," said Shah. 

According to the sources, Narendra Modi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday evening to stake a claim to form the new government following which he will be sworn in as the next prime minister, likely next week.

The BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive majority in the Lok Sabha elections by winning 352 seats of 542.

Elections were held in 542 of the 543 seats. The election in Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled by the Election Commission citing abuse of money power.

"As of now, there is no such information. We will share the details once a decision is taken," said the sources when asked whether foreign dignitaries would be invited to the swearing-in ceremony.

In 2014, Modi had invited the Heads of the SAARC nations to his swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the full Election Commission on Saturday called on President Kovind and handed over the list of 542 newly-elected members of the Lok Sabha that will enable him to initiate the formal process of new government formation.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma