Though this is Mukherjee’s second anniversary, the preparations are at a more grand scale this year.
Official sources said that formal notification for their appointment will be issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan soon.
Kataria, 81, former Rajya Sabha member, was appointed Puducherry L-G in July last year.
News channels played fortune-tellers — and were mostly off the mark.
More than 2,000 traffic personnel were deployed across the capital.
Apart from Sonia and Rahul and former Union ministers P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh, not many from the Congress could be seen among the guests.
A new government takes charge, looking different from the old.
The menu of the banquet to be hosted at Rashtrapati Bhavan after the oath-taking, for about 30 people, will mirror the diversity of Indian cuisine.
IAF has put in place an air defence system to secure the skies. Anti-aircraft guns have been placed at classified locations.
This is the first time that such a large gathering will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Narendra Modi may have opted for grandeur in choosing Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt over Durbar Hall but it is a decision that will obviously cause his 4,000 odd guests some sweat, literally.
Police said all roads around Raisina Hills will also be barricaded as part of security measures.
Singh said 3,000 people are proposed to be invited for the swearing-in ceremony for which time will announced soon.
The swearing-in is expected to take place later this week or early next week, after the BJP parliamentary party formally elects Modi.
Last year, former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam got to know about he being designated as the CJI when he received information from Rashtrapati Bhavan.