a function, she said, adding that this is also the maiden occasion when invitations have been sent to all 777 MPs, comprising members of Lok and Rajya Sabha.
Governors and Chief Ministers of all states, diplomats, envoys and other constitutional heads would be attending the function besides a battery of over 350 journalists.
Members of the outgoing UPA-II Cabinet have also been invited to attend the function.
To keep the public entertained during the waiting period, bands of Navy, Army and Air Force will perform patriotic songs. That will be followed by a commentary from 4:45 P.M. onwards about the arrival of VVIPs.
Ambulances and teams of doctors have been placed at strategic points at the venue in case of emergencies, she said.
At Tri Nagar, Smriti Irani centered her speech around Modi, with over 10 references in 11-minute extempore.