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LIVE: Modi swearing-in — All roads lead to Delhi

7:32 pm: On that note, we conclude our live updates. Thank You.

7:31 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh greet each other.

7:30 pm: Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with Mr. Modi and Mr. Mukherjee. Other SAARC leaders follow.

7:27 pm: The President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and ministers come together for a photo opportunity.

7:26 pm: The swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues concludes with the National Anthem

7:24 pm: Sudarshan Bhagat takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:23 pm: Vishnu Deo Sai takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:20 pm: Rao Saheb Danve takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:19 pm: Mansukhbhai Vasava takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:18 pm: Sanjiv Kumar Baliyan takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:17 pm: Krishan Pal takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:15 pm: Chinese PM Li Keqiang congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi





7:15 pm: Kiran Rijiju, the MP from Arunachal West constituency, takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:13 pm: Pon Radhakrishnan, the lone BJP MP from Tamil Nadu, takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:12 pm: Upendra Kushwaha takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:11 pm: Nihal Chand takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:09 pm: Manoj Sinha takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:07 pm: G.M. Sidheswara takes oath as as a Minister of State.

7:06 pm: Nirmala Sitharaman takes oath as as a Minister of State (Independent Charge).

7:04 pm: Dr. Jithendra Singh takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge).

7:03 pm: Narendra Modi promises a glorious future on the >new PM website.

7:02 pm: Piyush Goyal takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge).

7:00 pm: Prakash Javedekar takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge).

6:58 pm: Sarvanand Sonwal takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge).

6:57 pm: Dharmendra Pradhan takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge).

6:55 pm: Shripad Naik takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge). He starts taking oath of secrecy. President interferes. Mr. Naik now takes Oath of Office.

6:53 pm: Santhosh Kumar Gangwar takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge)

6:51 pm: Inderjit Singh Rao takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge)

6:50 pm: Former Army chief Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh takes oath as a Minister of State (Independent Charge)

6:49 pm: Dr. Harsh Vardhan takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:48 pm: Smriti Irani takes oath as a cabinet minister. At 38 years, she is the youngest minister in Narendra Modi's cabinet.

6:45 pm: Thawar Chand Gehlot takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:44 pm: Radha Mohan Singh takes oath as a cabinet minister.





6:42 pm: Jual Oram of Odisha takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:41 pm: Narendra Singh Tomar from Madhya Pradesh takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:40 pm: Harsimrat Kaur Badal of SAD takes oath as a minister in English.

6:39 pm: Anant Geete of Shiv Sena, takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:36pm: As the swearing-in ceremony is underway, find out who is a part of >Team Modi.

6:36 pm: Ashok Gajapati Raju of TDP, a BJP ally, takes oath in English. Please tell your name, says the President to Mr. Raju. He takes the oath of secrecy correctly.

6:35 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:34 pm: Ananth Kumar takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:32 pm: Maneka Gandhi takes oath as a cabinet minister in English.

6:30 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee administers oath to Kalraj Mishra.

6:28 pm: Ram Vilas Paswan, an ally of BJP takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:26 pm: Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Gopinath Munde takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:25 pm: Dr. Najma Heptulla takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6:22 pm: Uma Bharti takes oath as a cabinet minister.

6: 21 pm: D.V. Sadananda Gowda takes oath in the name of God in English.

6:18 pm: Nitin Gadkari takes oath as a cabinet minister in Hindi.

6:17pm: Within minutes of taking oath, the >PM India website is updated.

6:17 pm: Next comes Venkaiah Naidu. He takes oath in English.

6:16 pm: Arun Jaitley is being administered Oath of Office and secrecy.

6:15 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee administers Oath of Office and secrecy to Sushma Swaraj.

6:14 pm: Its the turn of Cabinet ministers now. Rajnath Singh takes oath in HIndi.





6: 13 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs as Prime Minister. President greets the Prime Minister.

6:12 pm: President administers Oath of Office and oath of secrecy to Prime Minister Modi.

6:11 pm: Narendra Modi takes oath of secrecy in the name of God.

6:10 pm: Narendra Modi takes Oath of Office in Hindi.

6:09 pm: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi... announces the presenter.

6:08 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee gives nod to begin the swearing-in ceremony.

6:07 pm: National Anthem being played.

6:06 pm: President of India, Pranab Mukherjee enters the swearing-in ceremony venue.

6:05 pm: Sadhvi Rithambara, an accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, seated along with other seers and spiritual leaders.





6:02 pm: UPA government ministers P. Chidambaram, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel also seen.

6:01 pm: Seated in the order from Left to Right: Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitn Gadkari.

6:00 pm: Vice President Hamid Ansari, accompanied with his wife, arrives.

5:59 pm: Mr. Modi greets BJP leaders. Seated next to Rajnath Singh.

5:58 pm: Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

5:57 pm: Neighbours greeting neighbours. Afghan President Hamid Karzai greets his counterparts.

5:56 pm: Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Bangladesh's Speaker, arrives. L.K. Advani greets her.

5:56 pm: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa too arives. Greets Manmohan Singh.

5:56 pm: Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay arrives.

5:56 pm: Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala arrives.

5:55 pm: Narendra Modi has a special invitee for today's ceremony - a doctorate dhaba owner from JNU.

Full story: >JNU dhaba owner heads to ‘chaiwala' PM’s swearing-in

5:50 pm: Pakistan prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives along with other dignitaries. Exchanges pleasantries with Manmohan Singh, Meira Kumar and Abdul Kalam.

5:49 pm: Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah, Jitan Ram Manjhi also seated.





5:48 pm: MPs who will shortly be sworn-in as ministers are all seated in the dais.

5:47 pm: Narendra Modi leaves for the big day.





5:46 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives. He will be the prime minister until Mr. Modi is governed the Oath of Office by the President.





5:45 pm: Actor Hemamalini, who is the sitting MP from Mathura, also present at the ceremony.

5: 43 pm: Art of Living founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also present.

5:42 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi seated along with the audience. Former President Pratibha Patil is seen seated next to Ms. Gandhi.

5:40 pm: Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam arrives. Leaders from SAARC nations also arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan.





5:32 pm: BJP's National president Rajnath Singh arrives.

5:30 pm: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam is also present in the ceremony.

5:28 pm: Over 4,000 invitees turn-up for the swearing-in ceremony.

5:26 pm: Narendra Modi, who will shortly take oath as India’s prime minister, will formally take charge in his South Block office at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

5:14 pm: Smriti Irani, Sushma Swaraj, Praful Patel, Mukesh & Nita Ambani, and Uddhav Thackeray among the crowd arriving for Narendra Modi's swearing in.

5:12 pm: Invitees begin arriving for the swearing-in ceremony.

5.05 pm: IMD gives clearance for holding the ceremony in open forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan: IMD chief, L.S.Rathore

Comment from reader What a great day for Indian Democracy ! The celebration transcends the Raj Bhavan and reaches to light a hope in the hearts of over half a million who voted for Modi and his soldiers. The celebration is only justified because ww, the people have voted him for his own capabilities and for nothing else. The common man feels all empowered, respected that he still has the power to change the incumbent leader and Government if it does not perform. I work in a Foreign MNC & Modi Sir you should see the excitement in our workplaces for your swearing in, although everyone was content with their huge pay cheques. We want this country to prosper for our kids and grand kids. We believe that we have given the baton in the right hands this time. Good Luck. JAI HIND..!!

4:38 pm: Swearing-in ceremony to begin at 5:30 pm at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

4:37pm: Omar Abdullah wishes Team Modi





4:36pm: I am glad and honoured, says Narendra Modi.









3:21 pm: Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala will gift a replica of Pashupatinath, a revered shrine in Kathmandu to Mr. Modi.

3 pm: Taking a break





2:52 pm: Greetings from Nitish

Former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar extended his greetings to the government led by his bete -noire Narendra Modi and said he has “great expectations” from it, including granting of special category status to his state, Bihar.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi will be going to Delhi to participate in the oath taking ceremony.

Full story: > Nitish greets Modi

Comment from a reader Best wishes to Shri Narendra Modi. My sincere prayers to almighty to bless him to run this country efficiently and take India to greater heights. Glad to note that even CMs from almost states are stating. However sad to note that Tamilnadu CM Jayalalitha is not attending. Even people who oppose him including Samajwadi party is attending. Also unfortunate for Vaiko demonstrating when his alliance party is heading for a new govenment at the centre -- Srini

2:30 pm: Security stepped up across the capital.





2:11 pm: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Cabinet colleagues are flying to Delhi by a chartered flight.

2:10 pm: BJP's Madhya Pradesh State president Narendra Singh Tomar is likely to be inducted into the Modi Cabinet as Madhya Pradesh representative.

2:05 pm: The entire Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet of Madhya Pradesh to attend the Modi's swearing in ceremony.

2:00 pm: Security has been tightened across New Delhi ahead of the ceremony with more than 7,000 police deployed near the sprawling presidential palace, said Mukesh Meena, a police commissioner in New Delhi.

Comment From >The Hindu Facebook Page: Sir! Even we want peace! Even we would love to visit Pakistan as a tourist! We would love to eat food served there! Please spread love. -- Vijay Dhamai, on Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's wish to have good ties with India.

1:35 pm: Shripad Naik may get Cabinet berth

Our Panaji Correspondent Prakash Kamat, quoting sources says, North Goa four-time MP Shripad Naik could be sworn-in as a Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Narendra Modi cabinet.

12:55 p.m.: Oath in Sanskrit? Our correspondent Puja Mehra says Modi could take oath this evening in Sanskrit.





12.40 p.m.: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take oath along with 44 other ministers, according to sources.

Sources added that there will be 23 ministers of Cabinet rank, 10 Ministers of State with Independent Charge and 11 Ministers of State.

Here is a >tentative list of Team Modi and his group of ministers.





12.35 p.m: MDMK leader Vaiko detained at Jantar Mantar in Delhi while protesting Rajapaksa visit, reports Shubhomoy Sikdar

Full story: >Vaiko holds protest against Rajapaksa, detained

A reader of The Hindu comments on this: "The MDMK chief Vaiko's demonstration on the occasion of Modi's Ceremony is unfortunate. The alliance parties of NDA should maintain broad and matured mind with national spirit and integrity. They should extend a supporting hand to the new prime minister to sort out various issues. People have elected the new NDA government with many hopes and expectations. All parties of NDA should hold the responsibility of fulfilling the aspirations of the people."

11.45 a.m.: Vaiko holds demonstration againt Rajapaksa: MDMK chief Vaiko, an NDA ally, held a protest in New Delhi against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

Full story: >Vaiko holds demonstration against Rajapaksa

11.20 a.m.: Rajnath, Jaitley meet Modi

Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, met Narendra Modi, ahead of his swearing-in ceremony.

Sushma Swaraj, Ravishankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Uma Bharti, Najma Heptullah, Ananth Kumar, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Maneka Gandhi, Harsh Vardhan met Modi at the Gujarat Bhawan.

Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP and leaders of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party were some of the alliances partners who met Modi.

11.11 a.m.: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. "Pakistan wants good relations with India and I am going to New Delhi with a 'message of peace'," Sharif said on arrival.

11.05 a.m.: Akhilesh, Mulayam to attend Modi's swearing in

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

Akhilesh Yadav's wife and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav, Akshay Pratap (MP from Firozabad) and Dharmendra Yadav (MP from Badaun) will be part of the SP delegation attending the inauguration.

Mulayam Singh flew into the national capital late Sunday.

11.00 am: Rajapaksa, Ramgoolam arrive for Modi’s swearing-in

Sri Lankana President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam arrived in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony.





Mr. Rajapaksa is among the six SAARC heads of state invited for the swearing-in which will be attended by nearly 4,000 guests in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan later today.

Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and Speaker of Bangladesh Shirin Chaudhry, who is representing her Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, arrived on Sunday for the ceremony.

>Sharif, Rajapaksa arrive for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

10.45 am: Shairf leaves for India

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves for India to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

Mr. Sharif, accompanied by a small delegation, will leave Pakistan at 9.30 a.m. (local time) and land in New Delhi after a brief flight at around 11.00 a.m. (local time).

10.10 am: Modi meets Vajpayee

Mr. Modi met former Prime Minister A.B, Vajpayee at his residence in New Delhi and sought his blessings.





9:53 am: Rajinikath to skip Modi's swearing-in

Sources said the actor was not in town and, therefore, >would not attend the ceremony.

9.48 am: Uddhav to attend swearing-in

The Shiv Sena has decided to attend Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony on Monday despite its misgivings about Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s presence at the event.

The Shiv Sena’s Anant Geete is expected to get a cabinet berth in the newly formed Union Cabinet.

9.22 am.: Sonia, Rahul to attend

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, besides leaders of various other parties and Chief Ministers of a number of states. Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also be present at the swearing in ceremony.

9.22 am.: Narendra Modi visits Rajghat

Ahead of being sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Monday >visited Rajghat and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr. Modi spent around 10 minutes at Rajghat.

A number of Delhi BJP leaders, including Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Mr. Vijay Goel and Mr. Vijender Gupta were present at Rajghat.

8 am:
All roads lead to Delhi today as Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi and his cabinet will be administered the oath at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan at 6 pm.


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