West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has confirmed that she will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. Speaking on this, Banerjee told ANI: “I have spoken to other Chief Ministers also. Since it is a ceremonial program we thought of attending it. Yes, I will go.”
Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi were involved in an acrimonious campaign for the just-concluded Lok Sabha election. She had even refused to take calls of Prime Minister Modi during cyclone Fani. The TMC chief said she did not consider him as PM and will talk to only new Prime Minister. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday (May 30).
This time, the government has invited the leaders of the BIMSTEC Member States for the Swearing-in ceremony. “This is in line with Government’s focus on its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. The President of the Kyrgyz Republic, who is the current Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, who was the Chief Guest at this year’s Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, have also been invited,” the MEA said in a statement released on Monday.
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Myanmar President Win Myint have confirmed their attendance. From Thailand, a special envoy will be attending PM Modi’s oath-taking ceremony. Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina won’t come as she will be on a foreign visit. She is likely to visit India next month to meet PM Modi.
The government has also invited Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth for the swearing-in. Rajinikanth has confirmed that he will attend the ceremony.
PM Modi has been re-elected for the second term with an absolute majority.