New Delhi, May 29: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, to be held on the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises on Thursday evening.
According to AICC officials, the Congress president, along with his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will attend the swearing-in scheduled to take place at 7 pm s on Thursday.
Senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad will also attend the swearing in of Modi in his second innings as Prime Minister. It is notable that most Congress CMs, as also the opposition leaders, have decided to stay away from the glitzy swearing-in ceremony to be held on the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises.
In a quick turn of events, maverick West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reversed her earlier announcement and said she will not be attending the swearing-in ceremony to protest the politics over alleged political violence in her state.
Reports said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of CPI-M and Congress-ruled states may also give the swearing in ceremony a miss.
A galaxy of international leaders and heads of BIMSTEC nations and who's who, including film stars like Rajnikanth, have been invited while regional satraps K Chandrasekhar Rao and Jaganmohan Reddy are likely to attend the ceremony.