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Before swearing-in, Narendra Modi honours Mahatma Gandhi and Vajpayee

At 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Narendra Modi will take the oath of office as the Prime Minister of India for a record-breaking third term. He paid respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi's Rajghat and Sadaiv Atal prior to the historic occasion.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- June 09th 2024 09:21 AM
Before swearing-in, Narendra Modi honours Mahatma Gandhi and Vajpayee

Before swearing-in, Narendra Modi honours Mahatma Gandhi and Vajpayee

PTC News Desk: Today, numerous foreign heads of state will be present when Narendra Modi takes the oath of office for a record-breaking third term as India's prime minister. These leaders include Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Mohamed Muizzu of the Maldives, and Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka.

He honored former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal in Delhi and Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat before the event. He then proceeded to lay a wreath at the National War Memorial. At the War Memorial, Modi was spotted with Rajnath Singh, the minister of defence.

Rashtrapati Bhavan will host the swearing-in event for Modi and his Council of Ministers at 7:15 p.m. President Droupadi Murmu will administer the oath.

An invitation has been extended to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge to attend Modi's swearing-in, sources told India Today on Saturday. The sources further stated that Kharge will confer with the members of the INDIA bloc before determining whether or not to attend the ceremony.

On Friday, following his selection as the head of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Modi met President Murmu and received an official invitation to lead the government. She gave him "dahi-cheeni," which is curd combined with sugar and considered auspicious in Indian culture before starting a new project or taking on significant chores.

Before the celebrity-studded event, the Delhi Police has released a traffic advice. There will be numerous layers of security in place, just like there was for the G20 Summit in India last year. For the occasion, NSG commandos, drones, snipers, and paramilitary forces would surround Rashtrapati Bhavan. Commandos from the NSG and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) units of the Delhi Police

"Around 2,500 police personnel, including five companies of paramilitary and Delhi Armed Police (DAP) jawans, have been planned to be deployed around the venue," a person familiar with the matter told PTI.

Due to the swearing-in ceremony, there will also be airspace limitations in Delhi today from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to PTI. The limitations won't affect IAF, BSF, or Army aviation helicopter operations, nor will they apply to planned flights operated by scheduled operators. According to PTI, which cited the NOTAM (Notice to Airmen), landing or takeoff of chartered flights and non-scheduled flights of scheduled airlines will not be allowed during the time.


Arrivals for the swearing-in event can begin as early as 5 p.m., and the oath-taking will start at 7:15 p.m. Earlier this morning, Delhi Police deployed a mock convoy along the VVIP route in Delhi. Every hotel in the country's capital that will host the international visitors has had its security measures carefully considered.

Narendra Modi will have tea with his new cabinet at his house, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, before to the oath-taking. Modi will inform the ministers on their responsibilities under the new government during this meeting.

- With inputs from agencies

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