PM Modi is expected to underline role of ministers of state in the running of ministries and may ask Cabinet ministers to give their deputies adequate responsibilities.

The 68-year-old stalwart took oath as the Prime Minister for the second consecutive term. Top leaders and guests were invited from around the world and across the nation to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony.

The NDA, on the other hand, registered a massive victory, winning 352 seats to retain power. The BJP alone won 303 seats - its highest tally ever. 

"I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health and, therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new government," Jaitley wrote in a letter to PM.

On Monday, he will be in Varanasi, the LS seat he retained in the elections by a margin of 4.79 lakh votes.

"When Lal Krishna Advani was the party president, he used to say beware of "chapas" and "dikhas" (getting into print or electronic media). If we can get rid of the desire to see ourselves in newspapers and on television, then we can protect a lot," Modi said

An NDA delegation led by BJP president Amit Shah called on President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday and staked claim to form the government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unanimously elected leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) by the newly elected lawmakers in the Central Hall of Parliament.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal arrived for the NDA parliamentary meeting as well.