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HIGHLIGHTS: Narendra Modi sworn in as Prime Minister for second consecutive term

Narendra Modi oath-taking ceremony HIGHLIGHTS: The Prime Minister and BJP president Amit Shah had held talks earlier today to finalise the list of Union ministers.

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Narendra Modi Thursday morning paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and BJP veteran late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

PM Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister for the second consecutive term Thursday at a grand ceremony on the sprawling forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The event saw foreign dignitaries, leaders from the Opposition parties, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, in attendance. Earlier in the day, the mystery over Amit Shah’s place in the new government got clear as the BJP president will be a minister in the new government. Party’s Gujarat president Jity Vaghani confirmed the development. Shah contested and won from the Gandhinagar constituency in Gujarat, a bastion of party veteran LK Advani.

Before the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his new Council of Ministers at his residence. PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah had held talks earlier today to reportedly finalise the list of Union ministers.

The swearing-in ceremony, which began at 7 pm, is taking place in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of 6,000 guests, including leaders of BIMSTEC countries, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius.

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Rahul, Sonia arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan to attend PM's swearing-in

Opposition leaders also turned up for the PM's oath-taking. The BJP had sent invite for the grand ceremony to all prominent leaders including CMs of states, governors, irrespective of the party.

JD(U) will not join government, says Nitish Kumar

BJP ally JD(U) will not join the new government, party chief Nitish Kumar said.

"They wanted just one person fom the JD(U) in the cabinet, so it would have been just a symbolic participation. We informed them that it is ok we don't need it. It is not a big issue, we are fully in NDA and not upset at all. We are working together, no confusion," ANI quoted the Bihar chief minister as saying.

Narendra Modi to take oath as PM: Stage set at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rashtrapati Bhavan has been decorated for the swearing-in ceremony of the Narendra Modi as the country's next prime minister.

Amit Shah to be minister in Modi govt

BJP president Amit Shah will join the list of ministers in the new government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi party's Gujarat chief said today. Shah contested his first Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar in Gujarat. 

Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli arrives for Modi's swearing-in

Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrives in Delhi. He will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, later today.

PM Modi's swearing in: Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov arrives in Delhi

Ahead of Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov arrived in Delhi. The swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is expected to be grand affair with more than 6,000 guests, including leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers, corporate honchos and film stars set to be in attendance as President Ram Nath Kovind administers the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and his ministerial colleagues. 

PM Modi's swearing-in: BJP's Shripad Yesso Naik says invited to form govt

Shripad Yesso Naik, BJP: I want to thank the Prime Minister and Party President Amit Shah for again giving me a chance of serving the country by making me a part of the government. I have been invited to the oath taking ceremony, not been informed of the ministry yet.

PM Modi to meet new ministers before swearing-in

MPs selected for ministerial berths will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 4.30 pm on Thursday, shortly before the swearing-in ceremony, PTI reported. Earlier in the morning, the prime minister held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah to give shape to his council of ministers before sending the list to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Read more here

PM Modi swearing-in ceremony: Delhi Traffic Police issues advisory, closes roads leading to Rajpath

Roads leading to Rajpath (from Vijay chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan), Vijay chowk and adjoining areas including North and South fountain, South Avenue, North Avenue, Dara-Shikoh Road, and Church Road, will remain closed today for the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Full story here

Cabinet formation: Leaders from Sena, JD(U), Apna Dal get berths

Leaders from the Shiv Sena, JD(U), Apna Dal, LJP, SAD, RSLP and AGP are likely to get a berth each in the Modi Cabinet.

Modi Sarkar 2.0: These leaders will be sworn in today

The following leaders have received phone calls from Amit Shah and will be sworn in along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan today: Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, M A Naqvi, Arjun Meghwal, Ramdas Athawale, Arvind Sawant, Prakash Javdekar, Jitendra Singh, Babul Supriya, Sadanand Gowda, Kiren Rijju, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Kishan Reddy, Prahalad Patel, Suresh Angadi, Smriti Irani, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Kailash Chaudhary, Kishanpal Gujjar, Purushottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya. Among the new faces are Suresh Angadi (MP from Karnataka’s Belgavi), Debashri Choudhary (MP from Bengal’s Raiganj), Prahlad Joshi (MP from Karnataka’s Dharwad), Rattan Lal Kataria (MP from Haryana’s Ambala) and Ramesh Pokhriyal from Uttarakhand.

Who's picked for Modi's Council of Ministers?

Sources have told The Indian Express that Renuka Singh is likely to get a Cabinet berth from Chhattisgarh. DV Sadananda Gowda, meanwhile, told ANI he had received a call from BJP chief Amit Shah, who confirmed he would take oath as a Union minister.

Some other names doing the rounds include Giriraj Singh, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Babul Supriyo, according to ANI.

BJP leaders Piyush Goyal, Bhupender Yadav meet Amit Shah ahead of swearing-in ceremony

BJP leaders Piyush Goyal and Bhupender Yadav have been pictured at BJP president Amit Shah's residence in New Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi to meet new Council of Ministers at 4.30 pm ahead of swearing-in

The ministers who will take oath along with Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening will meet the Prime Minister at his residence at 4.30 pm, reports news agency PTI. PM Modi held talks with BJP president Amit Shah earlier today, to reportedly finalise the list of ministers for his Council. 

ICYMI: Jaganmohan Reddy sworn in as Andhra Pradesh CM

In a separate important development today, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is being sworn in as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Reddy's YSR Congress Party swept the Andhra Assembly elections winning 151/175 seats. The party also walked away with 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.

Cabinet formation: Who will get Finance? What about Amit Shah?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who met earlier this morning, are rumoured to have finalised the list of Union ministers who will take oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening. Speculation is rife as to who will be given charge of the Finance Ministry, after Arun Jaitley opted out of taking responsibility in the new government citing health reasons. Also, with Shah being elected to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar, we're waiting to see what position he will take up in the government. The Indian Express has reported that Modi is likely to bring onboard his NDA allies despite BJP's thumping victory in the polls.

Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony: Presidents of Sri Lanka, Myanmar arrive in New Delhi

Foreign dignitaries continue to arrive in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Myanmar President U Win Myint were received at Delhi's IGI Airport this morning. They are among the 6,000 guests expected to attend the event at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Tight security in Delhi ahead of swearin-in: Delhi Police

Elaborate security and traffic arrangements have been made by the Delhi Police for smooth conduct of the function.

PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah hold meeting ahead of swearing-in ceremony

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are holding a closed-door meeting ahead of the swearing-in ceremony this evening. Are they finalising ministerial berths in the new government? The Indian Express has reported that until last night, hectic parleys were underway for the same, with Shah reaching out to leaders, asking them to inform him about their respective choices for ministerial posts.

Cabinet formation: PM Narendra Modi likely to keep NDA allies on board

There's a lot of speculation as to who will be inducted in Modi's Cabinet. Despite the BJP getting a comfortable majority – 303 out of 542 seats in Lok Sabha – the Prime Minister is likely to keep his NDA partners on board. In a statement to ANI, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says: "From Shiv Sena one leader will take oath as a minister. Uddhav ji has given Arvind Sawant's name, he will take oath as a minister."

Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony: What exactly is going to happen today?

At 7 pm tonight, Narendra Modi and his council of ministers will be sworn in at an event at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Some 6,000 guests are expected to attend the event. Here's what you can expect.

Explained: Who is attending PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony? What does outreach signify?

When he became Prime Minister five years ago, Narendra Modi invited SAARC leaders for his swearing-in. As he re-enters office Thursday, the ceremony will be attended by leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, Kyrgyz Republic, and Mauritius. What does this outreach signify? Shubhajit Roy explains.

National security is our priority: Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi who visited the National War Museum today morning reiterated his government's support to safeguard "India’s unity and integrity." "National security is our priority," he wrote on Twitter

PM Narendra Modi tweets after visit to Sadaiv Atal

"We remember beloved Atal Ji every single moment. He would have been very happy to see BJP get such a great opportunity to serve people. Motivated by Atal Ji’s life and work, we will strive to enhance good governance and transform lives. Here are glimpses from ‘Sadaiv Atal’," tweets PM Modi.

Modi: 'May Gandhi's ideals inspire us to empower lives of poor, downtrodden, marginalised'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets: "Paid tributes to respected Bapu at Rajghat. This year, we mark the 150th Jayanti of Bapu. May this special occasion further popularise Bapu’s noble ideals and continue inspiring us to empower the lives of the poor, downtrodden and marginalised." He paid tribute to Gandhi at Rajghat this morning.

Dal Raisina: The row over Rashtrapati Bhavan's special in-house culinary innovation

Dal Raisina has become the centre of controversy, with differing opinions as to how long it takes to cook. While chef Machindra Kasture, who first made the dish in 2010, claims it takes between six and eight hours, the current Rashtrapati Bhavan chef, Monty Saini, says it takes no less than 48 hours to cook. The dish that will be served to visiting dignitaries today has reportedly been cooking since Tuesday night.

The President's kitchen is required to prepare Indian foods for foreign dignitaries whenever they visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Source: Dheeraj Paul/Sahapedia)

Who is invited to Narendra Modi's swearing in today? Here's a list

When he became Prime Minister five years ago, Narendra Modi invited SAARC leaders for his swearing-in. As he re-enters office Thursday, the ceremony will be attended by leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, Kyrgyz Republic, and Mauritius. Shubhajit Roy lists some of the 6,000 guests expected to attend the event at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. 

Narendra Modi's Cabinet: Who is likely to be picked?

Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, BJP president Amit Shah was busy holding marathon meetings to finalise names for ministerial berths in the new government. Who is likely to be picked? Read Liz Mathew and Pradeep Kaushal's report in The Indian Express.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is illuminated on the eve of Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister for a second five-year term. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Explained: The making of a Union Cabinet

Cabinet formation is a complex exercise, given the diversity of India. The Prime Minister has to ensure that he or she puts in place a team with experience and talent, while ensuring representation for all states and communities. Ahead of Narendra Modi beginning his second stint as Prime Minister, Pradeep Kaushal explains the making of a Union Cabinet.

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Gandhi, Vajpayee; visits National War Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hours before his swearing-in ceremony, has paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He visited the National War Memorial in New Delhi as well. The Prime Minister will be sworn in this evening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of 6,000 guests. We will bring you the latest news through the course of the day; stay tuned!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat this morning, after which they visited the memorial of former prime minister A B Vajpayee. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on Thursday. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on Thursday. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

Cong will attend oath taking ceremony for sure: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that his party will attend the oath-taking ceremony for sure. "Elections were a matter between 2 ideologies, 2 parties but the oath ceremony is of a Prime Minister. PM is of the entire country. We expect him to treat all people of the country equally."

PM Modi meets Jaitley after his decision not to be minister in new govt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, hours after he announced his decision not to seek a ministerial berth in the new government. Modi drove to Jaitley's official residence in the national capital and was with him for sometime, officials said. The deliberations at the meeting were not immediately known. Neither Jaitley, who had tweeted his letter written to Modi that he does not want to have any responsibility in the new government, nor his office immediately commented on the meeting. Modi and his council of ministers would be sworn in at Rashtrapati Bhawan Thursday evening.

"I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health and therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new government," Jaitley said in the letter.

Sources said prime minister acknowledged receipt of Jaitley's letter and also appreciated his contribution towards economy and implementation of GST. However, it was not immediately known if Modi acceded to Jaitley's request. (PTI)

PM Modi visits Jaitley, may ask him to remain in govt

ANI visuals from Arun Jaitley's residence in New Delhi as PM Modi visited the ailing leader on Wednesday evening, ahead of the oath-taking ceremony tomorrow.

In new beginning, Modi to take oath as PM for second consecutive term on Friday

Capping a landslide election victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath along with a new council of ministers on Thursday for a second term, as suspense mounted on who will get the Big Four berths--Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs. Top opposition leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, corporate honchos, film stars, chief ministers and a galaxy of leaders from BIMSTEC countries will be on hand to watch President Ram Nath Kovind administer the oath of office and secrecy to 68-year-old Modi and his ministerial colleagues at the forecourt of majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Modi and BJP president Amit Shah held a marathon meeting for the second consecutive day on Wednesday during which they are learnt to have finalised the broad contours the new ministry that is expected to have some new faces besides retaining most of the senior ministers. (PTI)

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to skip PM Modi's swearing-in

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will not attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as prime minister on May 30 (Thursday), CMO officials have confirmed. Patnaik on Wednesday took oath as Odisha’s CM for the fifth consecutive time, becoming one of the longest-serving Chief Ministers in India.

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid arrives in Delhi

Ahead of the PM's swearing-in on Thursday, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid arrived in Delhi today. The grand event will take place in Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow, with over 6,000 guests.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel to skip PM Modi's swearing-in tomorrow

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will not be able to attend PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony due to prior engagements. While talking to reporters Wednesday, he said that he wants to congratulate PM Modi. He said he has sought time from PMO to meet PM Modi later.

Ahead of swearing-in, Amit Shah visits PM's residence in New Delhi

Both Amit Shah and PM Modi on Tuesday held a marathon meeting ahead of the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. The two leaders are expected to have discussed upon the council of ministers in the new cabinet. However, there was no official word.

Sheila Dikshit meets Rahul Gandhi, urges him not to resign

As the 'don't quit Rahul' clamour within the Congress continued to grow on Wednesday, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today met the Congress President today. She urged Rahul not to resign. "We want him to continue on his post, otherwise it will cause us pain. We have conveyed that to him," she told ANI.

PM Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony live updates: Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday 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. The guest list includes visiting heads of state from BIMSTEC countries, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius, and political leaders, diplomats, chief ministers, academics, writers, celebrities, sportspeople, film personalities and achievers. The one notable absentee from last time will be the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

This is the fourth time that a Prime Minister will be sworn-in at the forecourt. The preferred swearing-in venue is usually the Durbar Hall. The only two other Prime Ministers, who have been sworn-in with the grand Rashtrapati Bhavan edifice as a backdrop, are A B Vajpayee and Chandra Shekhar.

Also read | As Arun Jaitley opts out, his imprint on policy reforms may stay the course

Before the swearing-in ceremony, BJP MPs, led by Modi and Shah, will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat as well as at the Vajpayee memorial and the new war memorial. The ceremony will be attended by leaders of BIMSTEC countries, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi too will be present at the function.

Arun Jaitley wrote to Modi on Wednesday opting out of taking responsibility in the new government citing his poor health.

“After my campaign had concluded and you were leaving for Kedarnath, I had orally informed you that even though I was able to discharge the responsibilities assigned to me during the campaign, I would in near future, for some time, like to keep away from any responsibility. This will enable me to concentrate on my treatment and health,” Jaitley's letter read.