- Stage set for swearing-in of Modi as India’s 14th Prime Minister.
- India has invited leaders of all the seven other SAARC nations as well as Mauritius to attend the event.
- All the leaders of SAARC has already arrived in Delhi to attend the ceremony.
- This is the First time in India’s History that a PM’s Sworn in ceremony has organised in this capacity.
- South Asia could see a dramatic Change in Development in the years to come.
26 MAY 2014 – New Delhi, INDIA – Some says it is change for India, Some sees him as a light to the darkness of long history of India, what ever you name it, Narendra Modi (NAMO) is swearing in in few Minutes from Now as the 14th Prime Minister of Second Populated country which is regarded as the largest democracy in the world.
It promises to be a party like never before as massive preparations were on for the swearing-in of India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Monday evening, even as hectic last-minute parleys were being held to finalise the names of members of his cabinet who will be sworn in with him.
In the first ever such initiative, India has invited leaders of all the seven other SAARC nations as well as Mauritius to attend the event and all of them have confirmed their participation.
Modi, 63, will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Presidential Palace, at 6 pm. Those who will grace the occasion include Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Abdulla Yameen of the Maldives and Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius.
Also present will be Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan and Sushil Koirala of Nepal. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is on a foreign tour and the country will be represented by Parliament Speaker Shirin Chaudhary.
About 150 other countries will be represented at the ceremony by their diplomats posted in Delhi. The guest list also includes governors and chief ministers of several states, Members of parliament, leaders of political parties, friends and relatives of Modi and his cabinet colleagues and senior government officials. According to media reports, Modi has invited, among others, well-known playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth to attend the ceremony.
Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi are among those expected to be present. Singh will also attend a dinner that Mukherjee will host for the eight visiting foreign leaders on Monday evening.
In all, Rashtrapati Bhavan is making arrangements to play host to some 4,000 people and with so many foreign and national leaders at one place, security agencies have a challenging task at hand.
The Delhi Police and other agencies have conducted rehearsals over the past two days to get everything right. Elaborate measures have been put in place, including posting of snipers on rooftops of buildings in the vicinity, to ensure foolproof security for the event.
In the meanwhile, Modi, who led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a spectacular win in the recently-held Lok Sabha elections, played his cards on cabinet formation close to his chest, with no details at all coming out from his camp. The list of those to be included in the council of ministers was expected to be sent to the president by this evening.
All indications, however, were that he would go in for a small and compact team to start with and opt for an expansion, if needed later. In the process, he is also expected to merge several related ministries together to ensure greater effectiveness.
Several senior BJP leaders such as its president Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Arun Shourie, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Ananth Kumar, Uma Bharti, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, Shanta Kumar and Maneka Gandhi are expected to find a place in the cabinet. Most of them have served as ministers at the centre or as chief ministers of states.
Sources said no final view had been taken on the roles for veteran BJP leaders such as Lal Krishna Advani, former deputy prime minister, and Murli Manohar Joshi.
The BJP’s allies in the National Democratic Alliance, such as the Shiv Sena, Lok Janshakti Party and Telugu Desam Party, are also expected to be given berths. The Shiromani Akali Dal, one of its oldest allies, has said it will not join the union council of ministers this time.
Indications were that Modi is also planning to induct several technocrats into his team.
If Rajnath Singh joins the cabinet, the BJP will have to look for a new president, and Jagar Prakash Nadda, a general secretary of the party, is the name doing the rounds. For the post of Lok Sabha speaker, the name of Sumitra Mahajan, one of the seniormost members of the house who also has served as a presiding officer in the past, is being considered.
Apart from his council of ministers, Modi also has to finalise names for key positions such as national security adviser and principal secretary to the prime minister.
Modi will be the 14th leader to hold the post of prime minister in India. Previous prime ministers were Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Chandra Shekhar, P.V. Narasimha Rao, H.D. Deve Gowda, Inder Kumar Gujral, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
The list does not include Gulzarilal Nanda, who held the post twice for a few days each after the death of Nehru in May 1964 and Shastri in January 1966.
We as being a close Neighbor of India and our economy mostly relies on Indian Economy could hope for visible progress in the years to come. We wish him and the people of India for better progress and success in the days to come. –EDITOR: Nepalee.com