Modi has started his big day, by paying his respects to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and then seeking blessings from former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the 63-year-old Modi and his council of ministers in the evening.
Arrangements are in full swing at the fore-court of Rashtrapati Bhavan. As the weather forecast is showing thundershowers, an alternate arrangement has been made inside the 'Durbar Hall', which has seating facility for 500 people while around 350 people can stand there. Arrangements have also been done for the very hot weather in the capital.
The swearing-in ceremony will be followed by a grand dinner, which will consist delicaies from Gujarat to Tamilnadu. The food menu consists mainly vegetarian food, but keeping in mind the foreign guests non-vegetarian food will also be served.
The snacks menu includes Gujarati delicacy dhokla, rasgulla, rajbhog, kachauri, imarti, mattar ki khasta potli, patties, sandwiches, cookies, khandvi, cutlets, vegetarian hariali kebabs, cold drinks, tea, coffee and a variety of mouth- watering non- vegetarian snacks, according to various media reports.
Indian Air Force (IAF) has put in place an air defence system to secure the skies. IAF has also placed anti-aircraft guns at classified locations. 7000 security personnel, two drones will keep an eagle eye on the swearing-in ceremony today.
800 Delhi police jawans will guard the area around the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and their will be a five-layered security cover. The security arrangements are taken care by the Delhi police, the army, Air Force and other intelligence agencies will be assisting them.
Following security guidelines all the government offices nearby Raisina Hills have been ordered to close by 01:00 pm.
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