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.
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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.