India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a press conference on Wednesday evening after his party-led government has been forced to scrap the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and return to the polls.
The BJP, which had won the general election in September, is now seeking a majority in the Lok Sabha in order to form a government and has to garner votes from at least three opposition parties.
However, with a new coalition of the ruling Congress and the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) unable to form an effective government, it will need to form one in order for it to be able to form the government in 2019.
The first question to be asked is whether Modi will form a majority government, and if so, how many seats it will have.
The BJP has so far said it will form at least 40 seats, and it has the support of the Congress and UDF, but it is not clear if these parties will agree to form such a government.
Modi will address the media at 5 pm at his residence in the state capital, New Delhi.
He will also take questions from the media on the progress of the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s probe into the Gujarat riots, the country’s nuclear deal with the US and the recent attacks in Delhi and Mumbai.
Ajit Doval is currently heading the probe into communal riots in Gujarat, which left over 1,000 people dead and over 1.2 lakh injured.
He is also the chairman of the commission tasked with probing the events that led to the riots.
Doval, who is in New Delhi to attend the funeral of his son, Ajit Kumar, the chief minister of Gujarat, was recently forced to resign after he was arrested for allegedly accepting bribes in return for awarding the contract for building the Gujarat High Court building.