Monday, May 26, 2014

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi To Be Sworn In As Indian Prime Minister

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi To Be Sworn In As Indian Prime Minister
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources BBC News
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 26, 2014: Narendra Modi is to be sworn in as India's new prime minister in a ceremony to be attended by his counterpart from rival Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif will join other regional leaders at the ceremony in Delhi's presidential palace.

It is the first time since the two countries won independence in 1947 that a prime minister from one state will attend such a ceremony in the other.

Mr Modi led his BJP party to a landslide win in the recent election.

The BJP won the biggest victory by any party in India for 30 years, gaining a majority in parliament and trouncing the outgoing Congress Party.

Monday's grand outdoor ceremony in front of the presidential palace will be attended by the leaders of all seven South Asian countries as well as Mauritius.

Tough stance

But all eyes will be on the presence of Mr Sharif, who is expected to hold talks with Mr Modi on Tuesday, says the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder.

The two nuclear-armed rivals have fought three wars in the past 60 years, and Mr Modi's BJP party advocates a tough stance on Pakistan.

"Pakistan wants good relations with India and I am going to New Delhi with a message of peace," Mr Sharif was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India before he flew into the capital for the swearing-in ceremony.

Several thousand guests are expected to attend the inauguration during which President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office to Mr Modi, 63, and his council of ministers.

Pakistan"s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves upon his arrival at the airport in New Delhi May 26, 2014

Nawaz Sharif will join other regional leaders at the ceremony in Delhi's presidential palace
In a tweet, Mr Modi has indicated that his government will be leaner with fewer ministers in an attempt to make it more efficient.

Besides Mr Sharif, other regional leaders attending the ceremony include Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Bangladesh will be represented by Speaker Shirin Chaudhury as PM Sheikh Hasina will be travelling to Japan at the time of the swearing-in ceremony, reports say.

Tight security and traffic restrictions have been imposed in Delhi and all offices around the presidential palace will be closed five hours before the event takes place, according to the Press Trust of India.

Given the margin of victory, the BJP will be able to govern without coalition partners - 272 MPs are required for an absolute majority.

The Congress party finished with just 44 of the 543 seats and under 20% of the vote in what was its worst-ever performance.

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