Narendra Modi has been sworn in as the 15th Prime Minster (PM) of India in an official ceremony held in the country’s capital New Delhi today, May 26.
Modi, who has been the Chief Minister of India’s Gujarat state, led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
In the election results announced on May 16, BJP had defeated the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). And as the leader of the BJP, Modi has become the PM, replacing the Congress PM Manmohan Singh.
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In a message on the PM’s website, Modi addressed the people, saying, “On 16th May 2014 the people of India gave their verdict. They delivered a mandate for development, good governance and stability. As we devote ourselves to take India’s development journey to newer heights, we seek your support, blessings and active participation.”
Along with Modi, 45 leaders were sworn in as the ministers in the new government that is formed in India.
In the picture above: Narendra Modi (L) meets India’s President Pranab Mukherjee (R)