Narendra Modi to take oath as PM for second term

Narendra Modi will take oath as Prime Minister for the second term at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening.

President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to him and other members of Union Council of Ministers at 7 PM. Our correspondent reports several high profile leaders will grace the occasion.

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 will be present among others.  

All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast live the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister. It can be heard on Rajdhani and FM Rainbow channels from 6:55 PM.

AIR Delhi will also mount a special programme before the swearing-in ceremony which can be heard from 6:30 PM.

Delhi Traffic Police has released an advisory in view of the ceremony. It said, several roads in New Delhi District will be closed for movement of the public between 4 PM to 9 PM today and advised motorists and public to avoid them.

The advisory further said roads including Rajpath – from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan and adjoining areas including North and South fountain, South Avenue, North Avenue, Dara-Shikoh Road and Church Road will be closed for public.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government will leave no stone unturned to safeguard India’s unity and integrity. He said national security is his priority. 

Ahead of his swearing-in this evening, Mr Modi visited the National War Memorial at the historic India Gate and paid tributes to the martyrs. 

In a tweet, he said India is proud of all those brave men and women martyred in the line of duty. 

Earlier this morning, the Prime Minister visited Rajghat and paid homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. 

In a tweet, Mr Modi said, this year, the nation marks the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji and prayed that this special occasion further popularise Bapu’s noble ideals and continue inspiring the people to empower the lives of the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.

The Prime Minister also visited ‘Sadaiv Atal Samadhi’ to pay tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

He said Atal Ji is remembered every single moment, adding that he would have been very happy to see BJP get such a great opportunity to serve people. 

The Prime Minister said, motivated by Atal Ji’s life and work, the government will strive to enhance good governance and transform lives.

The Hindu

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