Modi’s Swearing-in On May 30, World Leaders Being Invited


NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be sworn in for his second term on May 30 and some world leaders could be invited for it, making it an event bigger than in 2014 when heads of governments of SAARC countries were invited, sources said here on Friday.

However, the swearing in date is yet to be officially announced.

Before that, Modi will travel to Varanasi on May 28 to collect his election certificate and thank the voters for the overwhelming victory. Then, he will travel to Gujarat, where he is expected to meet his mother.

Sources in the BJP said the Prime Minister is in no hurry for the swearing-in as he wants to invite some world leaders for the event to send a message across the globe about how the general elections embodied the strength of Indian democracy, the largest in the world.

Earlier in 2014, Modi had invited the heads of governments of all the eight SAARC member countries, including the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, for his swearing-in ceremony.

While speculation is rife in this regard, government sources, however, said any invites would only be issued after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) takes a decision in this regard. It also remains to be seen whether Pakistan PM Imran Khan is invited.

The leaders likely to be invited include those from P-5 countries (US, Russia, UK, France and China), Japan, Germany, Israel, prominent Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE besides SAARC leaders.

Sources in the BJP said the newly-elected MPs have been asked to reach Delhi by May 25 evening. A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party to formally elect Modi as its leader is likely to take place on May 25 or 26.

The sources said the party will stake claim to form the government on the same day and the oath-taking ceremony is likely to take place after that.

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