World leaders attended the swearing-in ceremony of PM Modi and his Council of Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
PM Modi took oath as Prime Minister for a second term on Thursday in the biggest ever event at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The swearing-in ceremony began at 7 pm in the evening.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were present among others.
BIMSTEC leaders started arriving in the national capital since last night to attend the event. Bangladesh President Mohammed Abdul Hamid was the first to arrive on Wednesday evening. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering arrived this morning.
This time India invited the heads of state of BIMSTEC countries. This is in contrast to 2014 when India had invited the heads of SAARC nations.
Grisada Boonrach, Special Envoy of Thailand, Win Myint, President of Myanmar, Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka and KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal and Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of Kyrgistan who is also the chair of SCO also arrived today for the occasion.
The visiting dignitaries will be given special reception by President Ramnath Kovind.
Prime Minister Modi will also have separate bilateral meetings with all the dignitaries on May 30 and 31.
Invitations have also been extended to various chief ministers among whom West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan have said they will not be able to attend.
(With inputs from agency)