New Delhi: Ahead of the momentous swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and martyred jawans at National War Memorial in the national capital.
He paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and to late Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, the memorial of the former Prime Minister.
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Later today, President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to PM Modi. pic.twitter.com/5LbxQBuhkW
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Several BJP leaders including BJP President Amit Shah and other party leaders including JP Nadda, Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Giriraj Singh were also present on the occasion and paid tributes.
Modi, who decimated the Opposition to lead his party BJP to a landslide win in the recent Lok Sabha election, has become the first prime minister in nearly 50 years to win a majority in consecutive polls.
The 68-year-old stalwart leader is set to take oath as the Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term on Thursday. President Ram Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy at the function.
The BJP, which won 282 seats in 2014, improved its tally by notching up 303 seats. Along with its NDA allies, the number swelled to 353 in the 543-member Lower House of the Parliament.