India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in on Thursday (May 30) along with his ministers including for the first time the chief of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for an historic second term.
Modi was the first of more than 50 cabinet ministers and deputy ministers to take the oath of office at the presidential palace in front of 8,000 people including Bangladesh President Md. Abdul Hamid and other South Asian leaders, Bollywood stars and leading political figures.
President Hamid joined the ceremony at the Indian 'Rashtrapati Bhavan'. Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque and President’s spouse Rashida Khanam were also present there.
Modi was to announce his new cabinet in the hours after the ceremony in the gardens of the presidential palace.
Modi’s right-wing BJP made history by increasing their majority in a second straight landslide election win. It won 303 seats of the 545-seat lower house parliament. A party needs 272 seats for majority.