Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term on Thursday evening. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy at the cerimonial function held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The leaders who took oath of the office of ministers included Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Ram Vilas Paswan, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, D Sadanand Gowda, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Narendra Singh Tomar, Giriraj among others.
Former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was accommodated in the cabinet at the last moment.
The governors and chief ministers of states, senior politicians, industrialists, religious heads, film celebrities, diplomats, bureaucrats and other personalities were also in attendance.
The leaders of the BIMSTEC member countries include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan attended the ceremony in line with government’s “Neighbourhood First” policy.
Reaching out to his opponents and minorities, Narendra Modi on Saturday said although the NDA had got a huge mandate from the people, his government would also work for those who had not voted for the BJP. “We will work to win over the hearts of people who don’t believe in our thinking,” he said in his speech to newly elected NDA lawmakers.
Modi, who was appointed prime minister-elect by President Ram Nath Kovind after being chosen as the leader of the NDA earlier in the day, spoke about the poor and minorities and said that the BJP emerged the winner with a thumping majority in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls only because of the huge participation of all people.
“During my campaign I felt many a time that neither I or the BJP were fighting these elections. It felt like it was being fought by the people. When journalists asked me then why am I campaigning, I told them that I was just going around thanking them. 2019 elections was a pilgrimage for me,” Modi said.
Modi also talked about people belonging to minority community saying that they have been often targeted for political benefits. “The minorities have not been allowed to grow… We have to promise to end this illusion of fear and gain their trust. We have to break that barrier,” he said. Modi said his government will begin “a new journey to build a new India with new energy” and asked the NDA MPs to work without any discrimination on the basis of religion or caste.
Asserting that winning the trust of the people should be the aim of the elected representatives, Modi said, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas is our new mantra… People have accepted us due to our seva bhav. One has to prepare oneself to be always ready to help people even when we move through the lanes of politics and power.” Modi also talked about regional aspirations, saying, “NDA is moving forward on two tracks. One on regional aspirations and the second on national ambitions. One is energy and the other synergy.”
Modi also spoke about women participation, both as contestants and voters. “This is for the first time in independent India that such large number of women MPs are sitting in the Parliament. This has been made possible due to women power,” he said. His address came on a day when a video surfaced showing three persons being beaten by suspected cow vigilantes for allegedly carrying beef in Madhya Pradesh. Police in the Congress-ruled state arrested the five alleged assailants as well as the victims of the attack.
Modi visits Gandhi memorial
Ahead of his swearing in, Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Thursday visited the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, where he paid his tributes to the late leaders.
Modi first visited Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where he was accompanied by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
The Prime Minister designate then visited the ‘Sadaiv Atal’, the memorial of Vajpayee. Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including party chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, J.P. Nadda, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Suresh Prabhu and Dharmendra Pradhan were also present.
Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister of a BJP-led government.
Modi’s third stop was the National War Museum where he was accompanied by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Chief of Air Force RKS Bhadauria.
Modi briefly stood in silence to paid tributes to the fallen soldiers.
‘Chemistry defeated arithmetic in 2019 polls’: PM Modi in Varanasi.
Earlier on Monday Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that ‘chemistry beat arithmetic’ in this election. He was speaking during a thanksgiving visit to his constituency Varanasi on Monday after winning from the temple city by nearly 5 lakh votes and leading the NDA to a landslide win in the Lok Sabha elections
PM Modi visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in the city and offered prayers. He was accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.