Narendra Modi sworn in as Prime Minister of India for second term

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath of office for the second term in office on Thursday days after he led his party, the BJP, to register a historic landslide in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP won 303 seats, 21 more than what it won in 2014 parliamentary polls. Among those attending today’s swearing-in ceremony include various heads of states from around the world and prominent names from the opposition parties in India.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had accepted the invitation to be present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday evening.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was scheduled to attend the function, on Wednesday wrote to Modi saying that she had changed her mind due to false reports of killings of 54 BJP workers in her state.

Congress chief minister of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel, too expressed his inability to attend the function due to prior commitments.



Among other leaders, Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao are attending the swearing-in ceremony.

Family members of slain BJP members in Bengal have also been invited for today’s function.

A video released by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that leaders of all BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries have confirmed their participation.



Member countries of BIMSTEC include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand besides India. According to the video, President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli, President of Myanmar U Win Myint, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov had also confirmed their participation at the event.

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