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Water-proof shamiana for 4,000 guests, 1,000 lights, SAARC delicacies on table

The swelling guest list makes this the biggest ever swearing-in ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Written by Appu Esthose Suresh | New Delhi | Published: May 25, 2014 4:05 am

Soon after Narendra Modi is sworn in as the new Prime Minister, President Pranab Mukherjee will host a “private banquet” for around 100 guests, including Modi’s new council of ministers and visiting heads of SAARC countries, at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday evening.

Officials said the banquet will be the first time the President is hosting a dinner for an incoming government. The menu is still being fine-tuned but the President’s Secretariat is learnt to have proposed inclusion of delicacies from the SAARC countries.

Meanwhile, a water-proof giant shamiana is being put up at the Rashtrapati Bhawan forecourt for the swearing-in ceremony, which is expected to be attended by about 4,000 guests. The swelling guest list makes this the biggest ever swearing-in ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The theme set by the mega event managers is “simplicity with eloquence”. Since the swearing-in is scheduled for 6 pm, the Rashtrapati Bhawan will be lit by approximately 1,000 bulbs.

In a break from tradition, the President’s Secretariat is inviting all the ambassadors and high commissioners. After the swearing-in, which is expected to end by 8 pm, the guests for the banquet will be ushered inside.

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  1. Subhash Bennur
    May 25, 2014 at 10:11 am
    Where is the arrogant Mani? It looks so foolish of Mani who is an IFS?
    1. H
      May 25, 2014 at 10:18 am
      Chai Chai CHACHA CHAI.......!
      1. Khushminder Sahasi
        May 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm
        Hero worship prematurely it would be foolish. Let us wait to see Modi perform. Ajay said on Big Fight NDTV program that after 5 year Modi rule 100% will vote for him. It never happens in democracy. If it happens than it would be death knell of vibrant democracy in India.
        1. n
          May 25, 2014 at 10:48 am
          Mani Shanker Aiyer is not invited. FOOL like him is not wanted
          1. R
            May 25, 2014 at 9:50 am
            he will be the one serving it...
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