Sharif on Saturday accepted Modi’s invitation to attend his swearing-in ceremony in the expansive forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 26.

Describing Modi’s swearing-in ceremony as a ‘democracy event’, Jaitley said nothing should be made much of the invitation sent to Sharif.

“The General Elections 2014 has been a great celebration of Indian democracy. It is the world’s largest democratic elections. For such an election to be completed peacefully in a fair manner resulting in a democratic change of power is an occasion that does India proud,” Jaitley wrote in his blog on Facebook.

“The swearing in ceremony of the Prime Minister designate Shri Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers on 26th May, 2014 will be culmination of these celebrations,” he added.

“Thereafter the new government shall get down to work. The invitation to all leaders of SAARC nations to be present at the ceremony is to showcase Indian democracy and its strength to the world at large,” he further said.

“It is a democracy event. It should not be viewed through the prism of bilateral issues between countries,” Jaitley wrote.

“While celebrating the success of India’s democracy the fact that our neighbours through its leaders will be represented reaffirms India’s faith in both democracy and greater integration of the region,” he further said.

Meanwhile, the BJP on Saturday expressed ‘delight’ at Sharif’s decision to attend the swearing-in ceremony of  Modi as Prime Minister while Congress asked the new government to raise issues such as cross-border terrorism, slow pace of trial of 26/11 terror attacks and handing over of Dawood Ibrahim with the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

(JPN)

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