RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, NEW DELHI

October 11, 1999

PRESS COMMUNIQUE

The President received a call on October 10, 1999 afternoon by Dr. M.S. Gill, Chief Election Commissioner accompanied by Shri J.M. Lyngdoh, Election Commissioner. They gave to the President the Notification containing the results of the 13th General Elections to the House of the People. According to these results, the Bharatiya Janata Party emerges as the single largest party in the House. It is also seen therefrom that MPs adhering to the National Democratic Alliance form the largest political group in it.

The President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, through a letter dated October 10, 1999, conveyed to the President that Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been elected leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Parliament. Leaders of the National Democratic Alliance called on the President at 11.30 a.m. today and gave to the President a copy of the Resolution adopted by the National Democratic Alliance which states inter alia that "On behalf of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), I would like to inform you that a meeting of all the Members of Parliament belonging to the constituent parties of the NDA was held on 10th October, 1999 in the central hall of Parliament. The meeting unanimously elected Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance."

The President had received, earlier, copies of communications from the Telugu Desam Party and the All India Trinamul Congress stating that those two parties support the formation of a government led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Article 75(3) of the Constitution of India stipulates that the Council of Ministers shall be collectively responsible to the House of the People. This requires that the person appointed by the President to be Prime Minister should enjoy the confidence of the majority of its members.

The election results conveyed to the President by the Election Commission of India and the documents expressing support to Shri Vajpayee received by the President have satisfied him that Shri Vajpayee will command a majority in the newly-elected House.

Under the circumstances, the President has been pleased to appoint Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Prime Minister. Shri Vajpayee has also been requested by the President to advise him on the names of others to be appointed as members of his Council of Ministers.

Shri Vajpayee will be administered the oaths of office and secrecy at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, 13 October, 1999 at 10.30 a.m.

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