The Grand Event: Modi to take Oath as India’s 15th Prime Minister Today

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Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi will take oath as the India’s 15 Prime Minister today by President Pranab Mukherjee in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It will also be one of the most widely watched throughout India and in international capitals.

For the first time Saarc leaders, governors, diplomats, and chief ministers will attend the ceremony in such high numbers. Other invitees include constitutional authorities like Chief Justice of India, Padma awardees, all 777 members of Parliament besides members of the outgoing UPA-2 Cabinet and invitees on behalf of the BJP. Invitations also have been sent to celebrities such as Lata Mangeshkar, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, Rekha, Amitabh Bachchan, cricketing hero Sachin Tendulkar.

Rashtrapati Bhavan confirmed that each member of the new council of ministers has been allowed four passes for family and guests. No such passes have been sought by the Prime Minister-designate as yet, according to the Rashtrapati Bhavan briefing.

Although Rashtrapati Bhavan does not expect rain to interrupt the outdoor show yet alternate arrangements have been done at the Durbar Hall in case there is a shower. The BJP formed a committee of 3 to organize and coordinate the arrangements with Rashtrapati Bhavan and has got 2,000 invites that has sent to party leaders, celebrities, workers and corporate chieftains. General secretary, organization, Ram Lal and senior general secretaries JP Nadda and Ananth Kumar are on the coordination committee.

Only twice earlier have oath taking ceremonies been held at the forecourt – Chandrashekhar, 1990 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 1998 – where the total number of guests were guests around 1,200-1,300, said Omita Paul, secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee. The central part of Delhi will be turned into a virtual fortress on Monday with government offices at South and North Block being given half the day off to clear the roads to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The approach roads to Rashtrapati Bhavan will be blocked after 5 pm, she added.

The ceremony, to begin at 6 p.m and would last approximately one hour and 10 minutes. This is going to be the biggest event ever, said officials of Rashtrapati Bhavan .

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