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Congress denies Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as party chief

The main opposition Congress party has denied media reports that its president Rahul Gandhi had offered to resign following their stunning defeat in the general elections, Indian media reports said.

Reports earlier on Saturday said the 48-year-old leader had offered to quit at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi. The committee includes his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi as well as former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Record number of women set to enter parliament

Results show 78 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats have been won by women – a record high in the world’s largest democracy, but still well below the global average of nearly one in four seats.

India was one of the first countries to have a female leader, but more than five decades after Indira Gandhi became prime minister, women’s participation in politics remains stubbornly low.

Modi likely to be sworn in on May 30: Reports

Indian media reports say Narendra Modi is likely to be sworn in for his second term as prime minister on May 30.

On Friday, Modi presented his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind, who asked him to continue to serve until the new government assumes office.