United Progressive Alliance chairperson and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and party chief Rahul Gandhi will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. Congress leader Anand Sharma will accompany them at the oath-taking.
President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and other members of the Union Council of Ministers during a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 7 pm on Thursday.
Leaders from BIMSTEC countries will attend the swearing-in ceremony scheduled on May 30. BIMSTEC is Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation.It includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand besides India. President of the Kyrgyz Republic and Prime Minister of Mauritius have also been invited.
In 2014, leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) were invited at the time of Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. SAARC includes India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. The leaders were present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Modi polled a total of 6,69,602 votes while his nearest rival, Shalini Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP), got 1,93,848. Ajay Rai of the Congress got 1,51,800 votes.