Live updates of Narendra Modi government's oath-taking ceremony, allocation of Cabinet portfolios and the developments in the run-up to the grand event this evening
Welcome to the LIVE updates of Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. He will be taking over as the Prime Minister of India today, May 30 for the second consecutive term.
Earlier this week, President Ram Nath Kovind had invited Narendra Modi, as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), to form the government.
Besides PM Modi, the new Union Cabinet is also expected to be
The oath-taking ceremony will happen at 7.00 pm today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. While it is a tradition for these ceremonies to happen in the President’s official residence, it is only the fourth time that it will happen in the massive forecourt.
In 2014, the ceremony had happened at around 4.30 pm.
On May 23, NDA registered a massive victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, to retain power. The ruling alliance won over 350 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which forms the core of the NDA, itself won 303 seats — its highest tally ever.
The Indian National Congress (INC), led by Rahul Gandhi, returned with a tally of about 50 from 44 in 2014, raising questions about the grand old party’s ability to challenge the new template of politics that Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have repeatedly demonstrated over the last five years.
United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress-led rival political grouping, managed to win only 90 odd seats among themselves, as regional satraps sought to pass the blame squarely on INC for turning out a dismal show.
Invitation to BIMSTEC countries
India has sent out invites to the leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries to attend the ceremony.
BIMSTEC countries include Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan. All members of BIMSTEC are from South Asia and are located close to the Bay of Bengal.
The organisation does not include Pakistan. Therefore, an invitation was not extended to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. In 2014, then Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had attended the ceremony.
The Maldives and Afghanistan were also not invited as they are not BIMSTEC members.
BIMSTEC leaders likely to attend
The Presidents of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Kyrgyz Republic and Myanmar and the Prime Ministers of Mauritius, Nepal and Bhutan are expected to attend the function, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
Thailand will send special envoy and its Agriculture and Cooperative Minister Grisada Boonrach.
We are also likely to know more about the Union Cabinet portfolio allocation. There has been a lot of speculation around it.
Yesterday, Arun Jaitley sent a letter to PM Modi requesting him not to be inducted into the Union Cabinet, citing health reasons.
"In the last 5 years, India has witnessed an era of unprecedented growth in every field. PM Narendra Modi govt has laid the foundation of a New India, which is not only asserting itself in the world order but also working tirelessly to lift living standards of its citizen," Shah tweeted further, adding that the PM's "leadership and continued support is a great source of inspiration. I assure you that I will put my best efforts to serve our people and country."
May 30, 2019 / 10:25 PM IST
Historic moment for entire India.
Congratulations to Shri @narendramodi ji on being sworn in as the Prime Minister of India for a second consecutive term.