Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan today evening at 7 PM. About 8,000 guests are expected to attend the ceremony, making it the biggest-ever event held in the historic premises.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh will attend the swearing-in ceremony. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee cancelled the plan to attend the event after the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) invited the kin of 54 party workers it claimed were murdered in political violence in West Bengal.
Besides, Janata Dal (Secular) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Aam Aadmi Party supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are also likely to attend the ceremony.
Leaders of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries, who have confirmed their attendance, include President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, President of Myanmar U Win Myint and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.
Kyrgyz President and current chair of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Sooronbay Jeenbekov, and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, will also be attending the event.
Among the Corporates, CEOs who are likely to attend the ceremony are: Uday Kotak, VC and MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, N Chandrasekharan, Chairman, Tata Sons, Dilip Sanghavi, MD, Sun Pharma, Ashish Chauhan, MD and CEO, BSE. Other names include, Mukesh Ambani, CMD, Reliance Industries, Anil Ambani, Chairman, Reliance ADAG, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra Group and Rajneesh Kumar, Chairman, SBI.