The Union Cabinet on Friday passed a resolution to dissolve the 16th Lok Sabha, ANI reported. The decision was taken at a special Cabinet meeting a day after the votes for the 2019 General Elections were counted.

Recording a historic victory, the BJP alone won 303 seats. The Congress secured only 52 seats, which is not enough for it to claim the post of the Leader of Opposition in the new House.

Soon after the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers tendered their resignations to President Ram Nath Kovind. Accepting their resignations, the president requested Modi to be the caretaker prime minister till the new government assumes office.

The next Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3, when the term of the 16th Lok Sabha ends. The process to form a new House will be initiated when the Election Commissioners meet President Ram Nath Kovind to hand over the list of newly-elected members, PTI reported on Thursday.