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India's Modi sworn in, set to name new government

India's Modi sworn in, set to name new government

After a historic election win, Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister of India for a second time at a gala ceremony on Thursday attended by more than 8,000 national and global dignitaries.

This is the first time that Mr Shah will be in the Modi government at the Centre and the move is being viewed as a show of confidence in the leadership abilities of the BJP chief by the Prime Minister.

Modi began his day with visits to the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India's independence movement, and former prime minister and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is all set for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the council of ministers.

Several overseas friends of the party from 15 countries, including the US, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, were also invited. In the recently held Lok Sabha Polls, the BJP won 303 seats on its own while the Congress managed to bag just 52 seats of the total 542 parliamentary seats.

Modi has been demanding an end to Pakistan's support for insurgent groups which attack Indian forces and installations in disputed Kashmir.

State leaders, some of whom who had run against the BJP in the elections, were also invited.

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Many ministers who are also senior members of the ruling alliance are expected to keep their place in the government.

Pakistani leaders were not invited.

"Our government will leave no stone unturned to safeguard India's unity and integrity".

Seen as a Modi confidant, Shah also brought about cohesion between the government and the party, with the party leaders promoting the government's work and the ministers being used for the party work.

Modi won the election after portraying himself through the campaign as a nationalist strongman who would protect the country's security.

Modi enacted reforms such as a goods and services tax and a bankruptcy law in his first five-year term, but faced criticism for failing to create enough jobs for people entering the job market, weak farm prices and tepid growth.

As the BJP savoured its election win, the rival Congress appeared to be in crisis with its president Mr Gandhi, who was present at the swearing-in, refusing to take back his resignation which he submitted after the humiliating election defeat.