May 26, 6pm...Modi will be India’s 15th PM

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 21, 2014 08:21 IST

Barely an hour after an NDA delegation informed President Pranab Mukherjee that they had picked Narendra Modi as the BJP’s parliamentary party leader, Mukherjee Tuesday accepted Modi’s claim to form the next government and appointed him as the next Prime Minister.

Greeting the PM-designate with a bouquet, the President congratulated Modi over his “grand victory” and invited him to take oath on May 26. The President also handed over a formal letter asking Modi to name the ministers who would be part of his cabinet.

The oath-taking ceremony will be held on the sprawling forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6pm. After Chandra Shekhar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi will be the third PM to take oath on the forecourt. BJP president Rajnath Singh said that around 3,000 invites will be sent out.

After meeting the President, Modi showed reporters the letter he had received from Mukherjee inviting him to form the government. Modi will be India’s 15th PM and the first leader since 1984 whose party enjoys its own majority in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier in the day, a 15-member delegation led by BJP chief Rajnath Singh met Mukherjee to inform him of Modi’s elevation as the BJP’s parliamentary wing chief.

Top leaders from alliances parties like Prakash Singh Badal (SAD), Chandra Babu Naidu (TDP) and Uddhav Thakrey (Shiv Sena) were also present.
Swearing-in ceremony of ministers was held at Durbar Hall till the 1970s. Later, it shifted to Ashoka Hall— to accommodate more guests. After Mukherjee became the President he had shifted ceremonies back to Durbar Hall.

The last two rounds of swearing-in of UPA ministers were held in Durbar Hall.

It’s a busy schedule ahead for Modi and his government may face its first parliament session from June 2 to 9. A longer session where the first budget will be presented may take place in the last week of June or early July.

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