Narendra Modi has taken the oath-of-office as the Prime Minister of the country for the second time, at the grand swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday in which a number of other NDA leaders also took oath as ministers.
Over 8,000 guests including VVIPs, attended the oath-taking ceremony of PM Modi and his council of Ministers held at the forecourt - the stately path between the main gates and the main building - in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
World leaders namely - President of Bangladesh - Md. Abdul Hamid, President of Sri Lanka - Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Kyrgyz Republic - Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of Myanmar - U Win Myint, Prime Minister of Mauritius - Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Nepal - K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Bhutan - Dr. Lotay Tshering and Special Envoy of Thailand - Mr. Grisada Boonrach were present for the oath-taking.
Apart from that, the who's who of the country from sports legends to film personalities attended the ceremony from Rahul Dravid and Saina Nehwal to Rajinikanth and Shah Rukh Khan. Industry leaders such as Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani, and Ratan Tata were also present for the event. Former sprinter P T Usha, cricketers Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan Singh, badminton ace Saina Nehwal, badminton coach Pulella Gopichand and gymnast Dipa Karmakar are among the sports personalities who attended the ceremony.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get straight to work after his swearing-in, holding a bilateral meeting with the President of Kyrgyzstan at 10:15 PM. Along with that, on Friday, PM Modi is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli and Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajgath, to Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Sadaiv Atal Samadhi and to martyrs at National War Memorial in New Delhi. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba and Vice Chief of Air Force Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria also accompanied him to pay tribute to the fallen heroes.