Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-elect YS Jagan Mohan Reddy called on Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Sunday at the latter’s residence in New Delhi.
Jagan Mohan Reddy, the chief of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), ended the reign of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) by winning 151 of the 175 seats in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. The YSRCP also won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
The PM greeted Jagan, as he is popularly called, with a hug. The YSRCP chief presented the PM a bouquet and a shawl. Other YSRCP leaders were present at the meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence.
Jagan, who will take oath of office on 30 May, reportedly invited PM Modi to his swearing-in.
The hour-long meeting triggered speculations of a post-poll alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and YSRCP. The BJP won 303 seats in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections in the country. The NDA bagged 351 seats of the 542 for which elections were held.
Jagan also met BJP chief Amit Shah after his meeting with the PM. Shah won the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar, making it his first victory in parliamentary elections.
Shah had on 23 May, when the results were announced, congratulated Jagan while addressing BJP workers from party headquarters in New Delhi.
Jagan arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for the meeting with PM Modi and Shah.
On Saturday, Jagan met Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan along with his party leaders and formally staked claim to form the government.
On the same day he also met Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. The two leaders reportedly decided to work together for mutual benefit of both Telugu states.
Jagan was accorded warm at Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of Telangana Chief Minister.
The YSRCP chief will take oath as the new Chief Minister at a ceremony to be held in Vijayawada at 12.23 pm, according to a press communiqué from the Raj Bhavan.