Old allies, new friends attend Modi show of strength
- Would prefer to go to Pakistan than stop criticising Modi: Omar Abdullah
- Supreme Court lifts mining ban in Goa, caps iron ore volume
- PMO begins work on Presidentâs Parliament speech for next govt
- In this TN seat, Cong, BJP and AAP take centrestage
- To prevent polarisation, EC tells Delhi Police âdonât publicise workâ
Narendra Modi was sworn in as Gujarat chief minister for the fourth consecutive time on Wednesday in front of a guest list that included leaders from across the political spectrum. The Bihar government, ruled by a JD(U)-BJP alliance, however, sent no representative.
Governor Kamla Beniwal administered the oath of office to seven Cabinet-rank ministers and nine ministers of state along with Modi. The CM took oath amid slogans of "PM PM, Desh ka neta kaisa ho, Narendra Modi jaisa ho (The country's leader should be like Modi)".
Prominent guests included RPI president Ramdas Athawale, MNS leader Raj Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. In fact, banners welcoming Jayalalithaa lined the road to the Sardar Patel Stadium, the venue of the swearing-in.
Subrata Roy of the Sahara Group was the only industry face in the guest gallery.
Amid the leadership tussle in the BJP, the party's top brass was there from L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari to CMs Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Jagadish Shettar (Karnataka), Manohar Parrikar (Goa) and Arjun Munda (Jharkhand).
VHP leader Ashok Singhal was also present. The gallery of religious leaders to the left of the main stage had Muslim and Christian representatives as well.
The opposition Congress stayed away.
- Five months after gruesome ATM attack, accused still at large
- Ex-syndicate member of Bangalore University held in marks-for-cash scam
- Accused get bail as police fail to file chargesheet
- ‘Naxals collected info on trucks carrying explosives from Khadki to Ahmednagar’
- A tale of two villages: Ramayan and Mahabharat
- UP CM tears into Modi bastion on first visit to Gujarat, says Third Front ready