Modi to take oath as PM on May 30, Bimstec leaders invited

Narendra Modi with RamNath KovindPhoto Credit: Twitter BJP

New Delhi India has invited leaders of Bimstec member states for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30.

The members of Bimstec (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan, which are among the countries dependent on the Bay of Bengal.

The President of the Kyrgyz Republic, current Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and the Prime Minister of Mauritius had also been invited.

President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other members of the Union council of ministers on May 30 at 7pm. Ceremony will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Modi won a second consecutive five-year term as Prime Minister with the National Democratic Alliance returning to power with a massive majority in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP alone bagged 303 of total 542 seats that went to polls with the NDA getting 353 seats.

Modi elected leader of BJP and NDA parliamentary party

Elections were held in 542 of the 543 seats. The election in Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled by the Election Commission citing abuse of money power.

Modi along with NDA leaders met President Kovind and staked claim for the formation of government. Kovind asked Modi to decide his council of ministers and the date of his swearing-in ceremony.

The President also appointed Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India, a communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Modi was earlier elected as leader of the BJP parliamentary party and the NDA parliamentary party at a function at Central Hall of Parliament which was attended by senior NDA leaders, Chief Ministers of NDA-ruled states, 353 newly-elected NDA MPs and senior BJP functionaries including party chief Amit Shah and veterans L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.