NEW DELHI: Capping
a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi, along with his
Councils of Minister, on Thursday took oath as the 15th Prime Minister of India
in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The 68-year-old stalwart took oath as the Prime Minister for the second consecutive term. Top leaders and guests were invited from around the world and across the nation to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
8,000 guests including world leaders,
dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and industrialists attended the ceremony.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy at the
function which was attended by Heads of government and representatives from
BIMSTEC countries, besides Prime Minister of Mauritius and President of
Several overseas friends of the party from 15 countries, including the US, Australia, Germany, and the UK, were also invited.
Riding high on the planks of muscular nationalism and anti-Congressism, BJP, which had won 282 seats in 2014, improved its tally by notching up 303 seats. Along with its NDA allies, the number swelled to 353 in the 543-member Lower House of the Parliament.
Amit Shah, BJP president, also took oath as a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government. The 54-year-old is likely to handle one of the top four ministries in the cabinet.