NEW DELHI – India’s prime minister-designate Narendra Modi welcomed the decision by leaders of the SAARC countries to be present for his swearing-in ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.
Modi took to social networking website Twitter and said that it was great to have leaders from SAARC and Mauritius to be present for the ceremony. He further tweeted that their presence would make the occasion more memorable.
After the landslide victory in the recent Lok sabha polls, the new government has invited heads of governments of the SAARC member countries to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Modi. SAARC leaders who will attend the ceremony include Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
Bangladesh will be represented by Speaker Shirin Chaudhury as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid is travelling to Japan. US called the invitation to the SAARC leaders as a positive step. Modi will be administered the oath of the office by President Pranab Mukherjee at 6pm.