Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath of office and secrecy on Thursday for a second-term in the national capital during a grand ceremony attended by a galaxy of leaders from different parts of the world.
The oath-taking took place following the national anthem.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The over 6,000 guests participating on the occasion in the ceremony included top leaders, celebrities, spiritual and religious gurus, and the Opposition leaders.
One of the notable included in his council of ministers was diplomat turned minister S.Jaishankar, who played a key role in shaping the foreign policy of Prime Minister Modi’s first term.
A total of 24 persons were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers, 9 as Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 24 as Ministers of State, notable among them being Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, D V Sadanand Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Vilas Paswan, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank”, Arjun Munda, Smriti Zubin Irani, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prahlad Joshi, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Giriraj Singh, and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Rahul Gandhi comes out of self-exile
Having isolated himself from outer world since losing miserable in the parliamentary elections, security just 52 seats for his Congress party which ruled India for the maximum duration since 1947, Rahul Gandhi opted to attend his arch rival Modi’s swearing-in as a matter of propriety. He sat with his mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Among other opposition leader were Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav who had wished on the last day of parliament that Narendra Modi should returns as prime minister of the country once again, leaving entire parliament stunned.
BIMSTEC Leaders – A Cynosure of All Eyes
The function was attended by leaders from BIMSTEC countries and foreign envoys, Governors, Chief Ministers, Opposition leaders, corporate heads and film stars. These leaders were invited in view of ‘Neighbours First’ policy of the Government of India.
President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, President of Myanmar, U Win Myint, President of Bangladesh, Md. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Dr Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Nepal, K P Sharma Oli, Special Envoy of Thailand, Grisada Boonrach, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth witnessed the event.