Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India

Modi signs oath, takes over as prime minister.


Web Desk May 26, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2L) is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif (3rd R) after Modi took the oath of office at the presidential palace in New Delhi May 26, 2014. Also seen are India's President Pranab Mukherjee (L), Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa (R), and Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam (2nd R). PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD/ LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of India’s incoming premier Narendra Modi. Being optimistic and expressing the significance of his trip, Nawaz has said that his meeting with Modi is crucial for both countries.

Nawaz is among a clutch of regional leaders who will be attending Modi’s inauguration. This is the first time in the history of India that a Pakistani prime minister has been invited to the oath-taking ceremony of an Indian premier.

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Modi has been sworn in as the 15th prime minister of India by President Mukherjee. Nawaz will hold bilateral talks with Modi on May 27 and will also meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

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According to India Today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will break away from tradition by not meeting any Kashmiri separatist leader during his visit in India.

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Prime Minister Nawaz shook hands with Modi and Mukherjee. Other leaders of South Asia follow, The Hindu reports.



According to the Times of India, the oath ceremony ends at Rashtrapati Bhavan.



Modi and his council of ministers pose for group photos.

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During his stay in New Delhi, Nawaz will also hold separate meetings with his Indian counterpart and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss bilateral and regional issues, Radio Pakistan reports.

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BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman takes oath and is expected to take charge as Minister with Independent Charge of Commerce.

Sitharaman's inclusion has come as a surprise as she is not even a minister of state yet.

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Former Indian Army Chief General VK Singh takes oath as Minister of State and is likely to be in charge of the Northeast affairs, NDTV reports.

According to NDTV he will also be the junior external affairs minister.

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Smitri Irani, formerly an Indian actress who appeared on popular Indian TV serial Kyun ki Saas bhi kabhi bahu, is the youngest member of cabinet at 38.

Irani is likely to be sworn in as the Human Resource Development (HRD) minister.

Nripendra Misra has been reportedly named as the principal secretary to Modi according to the Times of India.

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Moments after addressing the crowd at the ceremony, Modi updated a message on his official website:

My dear fellow Indians and citizens of the world,
Namaste!
A very warm welcome to the official website of the Prime Minister of India.
On 16th May 2014 the people of India gave their verdict. They delivered a mandate for development, good governance and stability. As we devote ourselves to take India’s development journey to newer heights, we seek your support, blessings and active participation. Together we will script a glorious future for India. Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development.
I envision this website as a very important medium of direct communication between us. I am a firm believer in the power of technology and social media to communicate with people across the world. I hope this platform creates opportunities to listen, learn and share one’s views.
Through this website you will also get all the latest information about my speeches, schedules, foreign visits and lot more. I will also keep informing you about innovative initiatives undertaken by the Government of India.
Yours,
Narendra Modi

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5:55pm

Arun Jaitley takes oath as cabinet member. He is set to become Finance Minister and will also take over the additional charge of Defence.

Jaitley, 61, is one of the top corporate lawyers in the country and has served in a previous BJP administration as commerce minister.

Jaitley had been the only obvious candidate for India's finance minister on a list of cabinet members prepared by Narendra Modi, Reuters had reported earlier.

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BJP president Rajnath Singh  takes oath after Modi followed by Cabinet members.

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Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India.

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Modi signs the oath.





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Incoming Indian leader Narendra Modi takes the podium.

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrives for the ceremony as trumpets sound and the crowd stands as the Indian national anthem plays.

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Narendra Modi takes seat next to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with Manmohan Singh at the oath-taking ceremony.

The last time a Pakistani leader officially visited India was back in 2005, when former President Pervez Musharraf and Manmohan Singh were working on mending ties.



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Outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with his wife arrives at the ceremony.



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Congress president Sonia Gandhi arrives at the ceremony. Congress won 44 seats in the elections on May 16.



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According to NDTV, Modi’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CSS) will comprise four members, not five. The CSS comprises of the prime minister himself and ministers of Home, External Affairs, Defence and Finance.

Arun Jaitley, senior leader and a close confidant of Modi, is expected to be the Finance and Defence Minister, while BJP president Rajnath Singh is expected to be the Home Minister.

Sushma Swaraj is expected to be named External Affairs Minister.

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Leaders from various South Asian countries are arriving to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi, including the Sri Lankan president Mahendra Rajapaksa and Afghan president Hamid Karzai.



Sri Lankan President Mahendra Rajapaksa waves on his arrival at New Delhi airport. PHOTO: AFP



Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrives in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

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In an interview with an Indian television channel, Nawaz says that he is looking forward to his meeting with Modi.

Recalling his meeting with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the premier said he would like to pick up the thread from where it was left in 1999, Radio Pakistan reported.





He also says that ties between the two countries should improve.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (top-C) arrrives at New Delhi airport on May 26, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Policy Sartaj Aziz, Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, PM Principal Secretary Javed Aslam, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and premier’s son Hussain Nawaz are accompanying Nawaz on his trip.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (C) waves on his arrival at New Delhi airport on May 26, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Nawaz on May 24 had accepted Modi’s invitation to the swearing-in ceremony – a development welcomed on both sides of the border.

The premier, while speaking to the Indian media, says that better relations with India were the top priority, further stating that he was going to India with a message of peace.

Nawaz also says that “negotiations were the only solution to the problems between the two countries.”



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (C) is welcomed by Indian and Pakistan official on his arrival at New Delhi airport on May 26, 2014. PHOTO: AFP



On May 21, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader invited Nawaz to his swearing-in ceremony following his party’s landslide win in the Lok Sabha election.

This latest gesture is considered significant, considering Modi’s anti-Pakistan rhetoric during his election campaign.

Modi’s invitation has inspired hopes that the change in government will lead to improved relations between the two countries.

Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, to be held at the forecourt of the historic Rashtrapati Bhavan, is likely to be attended by as many as 3,000 guests.

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