Prime Minister Oli attends Modi's swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi
May 30, 2019 10:22 PM NPT
By: Pratik Rana
Photo Courtesy: Sidhant Sibal/WION
KATHMANDU, May 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli attended the swearing-in ceremony of Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
Oli attended Modi's swearing-in ceremony at a function held at the forecourt at the Indian President's Office. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Modi and other Ministers.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Oli attended the banquet hosted by the President of India in honor of the invited Heads of State, Heads of Government and other dignitaries.
Modi took oath for the second time after a spectacular victory in the national election a week ago.
Over 50 ministers joined Modi in the swearing-in held at the Indian President's Office in the presence of 8,000 guests including world leaders, dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and industrialists, according to NDTV Online.
Modi, 68, walked to the podium for his oath to chants of "Modi, Modi" from the audience. The two other Indian leaders who were cheered loudly by the crowd were Amit Shah and Smriti Irani.
Amit Shah, who is credited with leading the BJP to magnificent victories in election after election, is the most prominent newcomer in Modi's second government. The 54-year-old is likely to handle one of the top four ministries in the cabinet. Amit Shah has been Modi's confidant for over two decades.
Smriti Irani, who defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his family constituency of Amethi, is expected to be rewarded with a big ministry, according to reports.
Modi is expected to announce new Finance and Foreign Ministers after two big exits -- Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.