Modi’s Swearing-in Tomorrow; No Invitation To Pakistan; Check Out Complete Guest List

File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, 2014
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Guwahati, May 29, 2019

After a stellar win across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will swear in for his second consecutive term along with his council of ministers May 30th, 2019. Narendra Modi is the first BJP leader to have been elected for a second consecutive term after three Congress leaders, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.

For PM Modi’s second oath ceremony, several global leaders, chief ministers, governors and prominent opposition leaders have been invited. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of the Union Council of Ministers. The new council of ministers will also take oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on Thursday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan will be attended by leaders of the BIMSTEC member countries, in line with the government’s “Neighbourhood First” policy.

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “Government of India has invited the leaders of the BIMSTEC Member States for the Swearing-in ceremony on May 30. This is in line with the Government’s focus on its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.”

What is BIMSTEC?

BIMSTEC or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is a regional grouping of countries on the rim of the Bay of Bengal–Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and also Nepal and Bhutan.

However Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, for the second time, will miss the event as she will be on a three-nation foreign visit.

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Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq will attend the ceremony as the senior-most Cabinet member of the Bangladesh government along with President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid.

President of Sri Lanka  Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of Myanmar U Win Myint, Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering and special envoy of Thailand Grisada Boonrach are slated to attend the ceremony.

Invitation To Opposition Leaders

Invitations have been sent to all the major regional and national political parties of the country. The opposition leaders who have been invited include Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, JD(S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Pakistan Not On Invitation List

India will not invite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to the swearing-in of Narendra Modi following the warming in ties. It may be mentioned that in 2014, then Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif had attended PM Modi’s swearing-in held on May 26 in New Delhi when the leaders of SAARC countries were invited.

It is to mention that tension had intensified between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF Jawans in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.

Actors-turned-politicians

Tamil megastar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are likely to show up on Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. These actors turned politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are contesting in upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly polls.