NARENDRABHAI Damodardas Modi, who made history with a landslide victory in the general election, was Monday evening crowned as India’s 15th prime minister at an open-air ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

AT a glittering event attended by leaders from neighbouring countries, top politicians and holy men, India crowned as its prime minister. Apart from Modi, a total of 44 ministers were also sworn in.

“Together we will script a glorious future for India,” said Modi a  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

Dressed in a white full sleeve kurta, a beige Nehru jacket and a white pajama, 63-year-old Modi a former RSS pracharak arrived at Rashtrapati Bhawan for the event at 6pm. He was sworn in by President Pranab Mukherjee. Modi, who sold tea at a railway station in childhood, showed no signs of emotion or nerves as he read out the oath of secrecy and signed the register.

More than 4,500 audience included Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Nepal PM Sushil Koirala, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former presidents Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil and former PM Deve Gowda.

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