Invitations are yet to go out for the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi on Monday, and several industry honchos, friends, and political leaders in Gujarat are hoping to be on the list.
However, sources said Modi’s mother Hiraba is not likely to go. The only confirmed guests seem to be the new Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel.
“Chief Minister Anandi Patel, will be going to Delhi with a small group,’’ said BJP general secretary Vijay Rupani. “While there is tremendous enthusiasm among party workers for the big event, knowing the limited invitees, only a small group will go,’’ he said.
Patel will be accompanied by cabinet ministers Nitin Patel, Saurabh Patel, Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Babu Bokhiriya, Ramanlal Vora and Ganpat Vasava. Besides, state BJP president Ranchoddas Faldu, vice-president Kaushik Patel, general secretaries Rupani and I K Jadeja as well as senior leader Purshottam Rupala are also expected to be a part of the guest list.
The offices of Adani Group, Cadilla Pharma and Torrent Group were yet to confirm if they got invites for their chiefs Gautam Adani, Rajiv Modi and Sudhir Mehta, respectively. Reliance Industries Group president (corporate affairs) and Jharkhand MP Parimal Nathwani told The Indian Express Friday afternoon, “I have not got the invite, and have just landed in Delhi. All MPs are likely to be invited for the event”.
Modi’s younger brother Prahlad, who is vice-president of Fair Price Shop Owners’ association, will leave for Delhi on May 25 with his son Mehul. “While I do not know about my other siblings and their plans, I do intend to go to Delhi. Once there, even if I don’t get an invite on time, being the V-P of Association of Fair Price Shop Owners, I might end up meeting my fellow members after a long time,” he said.
Speaking to the paper from Vadnagar, Modi’s childhood friend Sudhir Joshi said, “I have not made any plans yet but if any invite comes, I would love to go,” Joshi said.
According to BJP party media spokesperson Harshad Patel, 20 people can be invited for the swearing-in ceremony from a state.
Pankaj Modi, the youngest of the Modi brothers with whom Hiraba stays, will also go to Delhi with his wife, though he has not received the invite. The eldest brother could not be reached for comments.