Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 8:16
President invited for Modi's swearing in ceremony
Indian media reports that the Indian Government has extended a formal invitation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister - elect of India Narendra Modi.
The swearing in ceremony of India's Prime Minister elect is to be held on May 26 at the forecourt of Rastrapathi Bawan.
Modi conveyed this wish of his to President Pranab Mukherjee when he met him on Tuesday.
The President seemingly welcomed it as a ‘good idea’ and has passed this on to the ministry of external affairs which is now examining the proposal.
There is no recent precedent for inviting foreign heads of governments when an Indian prime minister has been sworn in, but Modi has a penchant for doing the most unusual.
SAARC nations include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
BJP sources say Modi apparently wants to send out through this invitation a “very strong signal of a neighbour-friendly new government.