“India shall attain unprecedented heights under the able leadership of @narendramodi. Heartiest wishes to the Leader and my countrymen,” Chouhan said on Twitter.

“This day shall mark the commencement of a new era for a strong, prosperous and resurgent India,” he added.
President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and his Council of Ministers at a function in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan at 6 pm this evening.

Nearly 4000 guests are expected to attend the ceremony.

Top leaders from SAARC countries including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Bhutan Prime Minister TsheringTobgay, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam will attend the ceremony.

This is the first time that the heads of SAARC nations have been invited to attend the function.

Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, leaders of various other political parties and Chief Ministers of several states will be present on the occasion.

Elaborate arrangements are in place for the smooth conduct of the swearing-in ceremony.


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