Superstar Rajinikanth has arrived in Delhi for PM Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. The veteran actor addressed the media ahead of attending the event and called PM Modi a "great leader". He then went on to call it a 'celebration' and dodged questions on Opposition leaders who will not be attending the swearing-in.
A number of opposition leaders have been invited to the oath-taking ceremony and many of them are attending. This will also be the first time that the leaders will be together after an acrimonious Lok Sabha election campaign.
However, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has cancelled her plan of attending the ceremony after the BJP claimed that the kin of 54 party workers were murdered in political violence in West Bengal.
Other leaders that will not attend the ceremony include Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, DMK chief MK Stalin, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Mayawati.
Although, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, besides former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be attending the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Capping his spectacular election victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath along with a new council of ministers for a second term at a glittering ceremony to be attended by corporate honchos, film stars and a galaxy of leaders from BIMSTEC countries.