Manmohan Singh’s ministers in the cabinet also resigned following a recommendation to dissolve the 15th Lok Sabha.
The Cabinet also passed a resolution lauding the role of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Soon after the Cabinet meeting, Manmohan Singh headed to Rashtrapati Bhawan to formally hand over his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee.
Earlier, in his last message to the nation aired on Doordarshan, PM Manmohan Singh had congratulated the BJP and Narendra Modi for their massive victory.
He began his farewell address by accepting the verdict of the nation during the elections. He said, “My dear countrymen, we accept you verdict with humility. I have always said my life is an open book.”
Thanking the people of the nation for their support, Manmohan Singh said, “Even after I leave the post of PM, the love and affection you have given me will stay with me. I have confidence in the bright future of India. It has been my good fortune to serve my nation.”
He also said, ” Today India is a far stronger country today than it was 10 yrs ago. I give credit to this to all of you.”
He said, “There is still vast latent development potential in our country and we must collectively work hard to realize it. I firmly believe that the emergence of India as a major powerhouse of the evolving global economy is an idea whose time has come. Blending tradition with modernity and unity with diversity, this nation of ours can show the way forward to the world. I wish the incoming government every success as it embarks on its task and pray for even greater successes for our nation.”