Ahead of oath-taking ceremony, PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Vajpayee; visits National War Memorial 

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 30, 2019, 07.26 AM(IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi before his swearing-in ceremony later in the day at Raj Ghat, New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Photograph:( IANS )

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Before taking oath as the prime minister for the second consecutive term today, Modi on Thursday morning visited National War Memorial and paid tribute to India's martyrs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited Rajghat and paid tribute to 'Father of Nation' Mahatma Gandhi. He visited Sadaiv Atal Samadhi and paid tribute to late ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Modi was accompanied by party chief Amit Shah and other BJP leaders. 

Before taking oath as the prime minister for the second consecutive term today, Modi on Thursday morning visited National War Memorial and paid tribute to India's martyrs. The memorial is spread over 40 acres and is dedicated to the martyrs.  

At the memorial, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman also joined Modi and other BJP leaders. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Chief of Air Force Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria were also present.

Narendra Modi decimated the opposition to lead the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide win in the recent Lok Sabha election. With the win, he became the first prime minister in nearly 5 decades to win a majority in consecutive polls.

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With the 2019 Lok Sabha poll victory, he has become the first Prime Minister outside of the Congress to win two consecutive terms with a full majority since 1971.

Modi's oath-taking ceremony today will see BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) leaders in attendance.

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The bloc's member nations include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand besides India.

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President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, President of Myanmar U Win Myint, Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli, and Thailand's Special Envoy Grisada Boonrach will be present in the national capital Delhi for attending the ceremony.

The President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, along with the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, will also be present at the event.