Ahead of the grand swearing-in ceremony that will witness several foreign dignitaries in attendance today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. PM Modi visited the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajghat at 7 am.
Taking to Twitter wrote: ''This year, we mark the 150th Jayanti of Bapu. May this special occasion further popularise Bapu’s noble ideals and continue inspiring us to empower the lives of the poor, downtrodden and marginalised".
He also paid his respects at the memorial of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, the lotus-shaped monument dedicated to him.
PM Modi will take oath for the second consecutive term at 7 pm at Rashtrapati Bhawan after his massive victory in the national election. Under the administration of President Ram Nath Kovind, the Prime Minister, his council of ministers will also take the oath.
A record number of 8,000 guests are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
In 2014, approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony. The guest list includes heads of several neighbouring countries, chief ministers of most of the states and a few famous personalities of the entertainment world.
The families of BJP worker who allegedly lost their lives in political violence in West Bengal in the last one year have also been invited. So far as the Opposition is concerned, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are among other attendees.
(With inputs from agencies)