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Special prayers conducted for Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 11:42am IST | Place: Varanasi | Agency: ANI

  • special-prayers-narendra-modi-varanasi On May 17, 2014, a day after the results of the Lok Sabha elections declared a victory for the BJP, Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi (second from right) performed a 'Ganga Aarti' on the banks of the River Ganga in Varanasi. AFP

Special prayers were held in Varanasi for Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Monday before his inauguration as the 15th prime minister of India.

The stage is set for Modi's oath-taking ceremony at a grand function in the historic forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Leaders from SAARC countries including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam will be attending the grand ceremony.

President Pranab Mukherjee will be administering the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and his council of ministers.

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