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President Kovind Appoints Narendra Modi as PM, Swearing-in Ceremony Likely on May 30

President Ram Nath Kovind also requested Modi to decide the names that would make up the council of ministers.


Updated:May 25, 2019, 11:01 PM IST
President Kovind Appoints Narendra Modi as PM, Swearing-in Ceremony Likely on May 30
President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. (PTI)

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, not long after he was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Ram Nath Kovind also requested the PM to advise him about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers; and indicate the date and time of the swearing-in ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

According to CNN-News18 sources, the swearing-in ceremony is likely to happen on May 30.

Modi was formally intimated when he called on the president at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening in his capacity as the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in the House of the People following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.

Following his official appointment to the PM's office, Modi in an address to the media said, "I thank all our NDA allies. I met the President and he has given me the go-ahead for the swearing in. He has appointed me as caretaker prime minister and asked me to form a new government.

He said, "2022 will mark Gandhiji's 150th birthday and it brings about great opportunities for us. We must not miss them. We have to keep moving forward."

(With inputs from PTI)

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