New Delhi: Narendra Damodardas Modi (63), who led BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, was administered oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering ceremony attended by around 4,000 guests including outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, besides leaders of various other parties and Chief Ministers of a number of states.


Never before have well over 4,000 people gathered in the forecourt of the majestic Presidential house as they did to watch the change of guard from Manmohan Singh to Narendra Modi

Seconds after Modi was sworn-in as the 15th Prime Minister of the country, he sought people’s support and participation for India’s journey to newer heights of development. The PMO website was relaunched carrying his message and pictures.

Narendra Modi while taking oath
Narendra Modi while taking oath

“As we devote ourselves to take India's development journey to newer heights, we seek your support, blessings and active participation,” Modi said in his first message on the website. He added, “Together we will script a glorious future for India. Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development.”

A profile was uploaded (www.pmindia.nic.in) which described him as “dynamic, dedicated and determined” leader who “arrives as a ray of hope in the lives of a billion Indians”. It said that his “laser focus on development and his proven ability” to deliver results have made him one of India’s most popular leaders. Without naming the RSS, it said that from a very young age, Modi immersed himself in service to the nation, working with “patriotic organisations”.

VVIPs brave heat
Dozens of pedestal fans lining the seating arrangement proved to be of little help in the sweltering heat for the VVIPs attending oath taking ceremony. The red-carpeted forecourt was an ideal setting for the ceremony marking the clear verdict given by the voters after 30 years but the sultry weather with mercury at 36.4 degrees Celsius proved otherwise.

With sun setting in the background of Rashtrapati Bhavan it was a pleasant ambiance but VVIPs, including Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit, were seen using brochure as fan to relieve themselves. The attendants of some VIPs were seen carrying umbrellas to protect their masters from direct sunlight. Rotating desert coolers with ‘khus’ were installed and fountains were kept running at full capacity to ensure that guests faced little inconvenience.