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Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony: From food menu to guest list; all you need to know

PM Narendra Modi Oath Ceremony: The swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi for a second term will possibly mark a new record for a single event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is preparing to host 6,000 guests in the forecourt. Here's a look at the menu and the guest list ahead of the ceremony.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2019 4:31:17 pm
narendra modi, narendra modi swearing ceremony, modi, pm modi The 2014 swearing-in was held at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan with around 2,000 people attending the event. (Source: Reuters)

PM Modi Oath Ceremony: Narendra Modi will take oath as Prime Minister on May 30 at 7 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the PM and other members of the Union Council of Ministers.

Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is expected to host around 6,000 eminent people, will serve a light dinner to the visiting dignitaries besides High Tea after the 7 pm ceremony.

The High Tea menu is expected to include lemon tarts, sandwiches, samosas and the appropriately named sweet Rajbhog. The banquet for visiting dignitaries would have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options depending on the preference of guests, starting with a lemon coriander soup.

The President’s kitchen has taken into consideration that the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) members, who will be visiting India for the oath ceremony, belong from countries to India’s east. The cuisines of these countries are not very rich or heavy and their meal timings will be rather early considering the time difference.

Reportedly, the major highlight of the dinner will be the signature ‘Dal Raisina’, a variant of popular ‘Maa ki Dal’ that requires around 8 hours to cook.

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Chef Machindra Kasture, who is also a member of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, an exclusive circle of culinarians employed by leaders from around the world, created this signature dish along with his famous Raan-e-Ali Shaan, which he prepared for Barack Obama.

Who all have been invited for PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony?

As per latest reports, all leaders of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) nations – Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan – have been invited.

Leaders from Kyrgyz Republic (who is chair of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and Mauritius (who was the chief guest at Pravasi Bhartiya Divas) have also been invited for the ceremony.

Besides, invitations to top stars of Tamil cinema — Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan — have been sent. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh CM-designate YS Jagan Mohan Reddy are also likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

NDA leaders, including SAD leader Prakash Singh Badal, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar, LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, AIADMK’s K Palaniswami, NPP’s Conrad Sangma are likely to be present alongside BJP leaders.

The one notable absentee from last time will be the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Who all attended PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in 2014?

In 2014, Modi had invited all SAARC leaders, including the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, for his oath-taking ceremony. The 2014 swearing-in was held at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan with around 2,000 people attending the event.

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