The Congress elected Manmohan Singh as leader of its parliamentary party on Tuesday, a formal stamp for Singh take charge as prime minister for a second consecutive term.
The Congress parliamentary party also elected Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson.
The formalities set rolling the process of government formation, a day after Singh resigned as prime minister on Monday.
The Cabinet met for the last time on Monday and recommended that the President dissolve the 14th Lok Sabha. According to a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique, the President accepted the recommendation and signed an order dissolving the Lok Sabha in exercise of the powers conferred upon her by sub-clause (b) of clause (2) Article 85 of the Constitution.
Later, Singh met President Pratibha Patil to tender his resignation while, in keeping with the transition drill, he was asked to continue till an alternative arrangement was made.