(PM)- Congress, the main opposition party, has rejected Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as party’s president following the landslide defeat in the latest Indian general elections.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to win a second term in office, making him the first non-Congress prime minister in India to get re-elected after a full five-year term.
According to the official data from the Election Commission, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is predicted to win over 303 of the 542 seats, climbing up from 282 seats it won in the 2014 elections.
The opposition party Indian National Congress is projected to win 52 seats, a gain from 44 seats it had won in the 2014 elections.
BJP and its coalition are invited to form the government as they are projected to secure more than a simple majority in India’s lower house of parliament.
Indian media reports said that the main opposition Congress has rejected Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as the party’s leader following the landslide defeat in the general elections.
The opposition leader offered his resignation at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi which was attended by former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The second straight landslide defeat for the opposition Congress under Rahul Gandhi leadership has raised serious questions about his leadership and casted a damaging shadow over one of the world’s most prominent political dynasties.
Indian National Congress failed to get a single seat in 13 of the country’s 29 states, raising alarm for Congress barons who have been dependent for generations on the talismanic Nehru-Gandhi name to gain electoral success.