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Top BJP leaders, Jayalalithaa to attend Modi's oath ceremony today

Agencies  Ahmedabad, December 26, 2012
First Published: 08:43 IST(26/12/2012) | Last Updated: 12:06 IST(26/12/2012)

Top BJP leaders and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa will attend the swearing-in ceremony in which Narendra Modi will take oath as Gujarat chief minister on Wednesday.

Heavy security arrangements have been made at the Sardar Patel Stadium where Modi will be sworn in as chief minister at a grand function at around 11 AM.

Following the third consecutive victory in the assembly polls, Modi was elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party on Tuesday.

The party’s central observer Arun Jaitley presided over the meeting of the newly elected members of the saffron party at the state capital Gandhinagar.

"Top BJP leaders, including L K Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu will be present for the swearing-in ceremony of chief minister Narendra Modi," Gujarat BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja said in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

"Chief ministers of other BJP-ruled states and also of some non-BJP ruled states will be present," he added.

Modi had taken oath as chief minister for the first time in 2001 and then in 2002 and 2007.

Jayalalithaa is among the non-BJP chief ministers who will attend the ceremony on Wednesday. Modi, who maintains a good rapport with the AIADMK chief, attended her swearing-in ceremony after her party swept back to power in Assembly election in Tamil Nadu last year.

With inputs from PTI, HT

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