In an overwhelming vote for stability, Congress and its UPA allies on Saturday scored a stunning win in the Lok Sabha polls humbling BJP and the Left parties to race close to an absolute majority.
The UPA again declared Manmohan Singh as its prime minister today.
Leader of Congress, Sonia Gandhi said, " The UPA worked very hard under the leadership of Manmohan Singh. He is the prime minister of the UPA."
She said that the public has expressed faith in Manmohan Singh and the Congress. She also said that it will Manmohan Singh's decision to have Rahul in the Cabinet.
The Congress-led UPA was poised to win about 260 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha on the basis of about 300 results actually declared and the leads in the remaining 243 constituencies tonight.
UPA thus needs about 12 seats to cross the half-way mark, a task that it can easily achieve without having to seek the support from the troublesome Left parties who have lost more than half their strength and are projected to win only 24 seats.
For the BJP and its allies in the NDA, the results have come as a rude shock prompting the grouping's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani to offer to step down as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha which was turned down by his party.
The NDA is projected to win 161 seats with the BJP likely to get about 116 which is 22 less than 138 won by the party in the 2004 elections.
Congress party's unexpected grand showing was largely based on about 20 seats in UP, 29 in Andhra, 19 in Rajasthan, 15 in Kerala, 17 in Maharashtra, 11 in Madhya Pradesh besides it doing well along with its allies DMK in Tamil Nadu (27 seats) and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal(19).