With almost 8000 guests attending the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30 at 7 pm, the preparations are already on at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the venue for the ceremony. Here are a few interesting things that you must know about one of the grandest events in the history of India:
1. 90 Minutes Of Ceremony
Ashok Malik, the spokesperson at Rashtrapati Bhavan said, “The swearing-in ceremony will be of about 90 minutes and after that dinner will be served to around 40 dignitaries, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and the Prime minister, besides leaders of all BIMSTEC [Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation] countries.”
2. Biggest Event Ever Held At Rashtrapati Bhavan
It is the biggest event ever held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prior to this 4000 to 5000 guests attended the earlier ceremonies and events.
3. Snacks To Be Served After Ceremony
According to the official, “There will be light snacks for the guests attending the swearing-in ceremony like Paneer Tikka.” Other varieties that the guests will be treated to include a variety of fruit and lemon tarts, samosas, sandwiches, and rajbhog for those with a sweet tooth. The snacks will be accompanied by high tea, coffee, and lemonade.
Adequate arrangements have been made for water on the premises and in the restrooms for the VVIPs and dignitaries.
4. Special ‘Dal Raisina’ For Dinner
The exclusive dinner to be served at Rashtrapati Bhavan after the ceremony will include a special ‘dal raisina’ prepared by the resident chef Montu Saini. This star dish will be served in its new avatar after infusing black lentils with Lucknow spices. It takes 48 hours to prepare this dish. But prior to that the chef and his staff will serve lemon coriander soup as the starter, palak and vegetable concoctions for the vegetarians and fish and chicken preparations for the non-vegetarian dignitaries.
As per reports, the 40 dignitaries invited for the dinner will include the newly appointed Prime Minister, Vice-President of India, foreign dignitaries, and envoys from foreign countries who have been invited by the President of India for this elaborate dinner.
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5. Change In Timing And Seating Arrangement
In 2014, the swearing-in ceremony of Modi was organized at 6 pm but it was quite hot at that time which created quite a few problems. This time around the timing has been shifted to 7 pm so that guests do not face any discomfort during the ceremony. Also, this is only the fourth time that the ceremony is being held in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prior to that, it was a tradition to conduct the ceremony in the Durbar Hall. This time along the seating arrangement has also been elevated so that guests from the rear end can also get a good view of Modi when he takes the oath.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan has seen swearing-in ceremonies of leaders, witnessed the signing of historic pacts and heard the speeches of several world leaders.
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) May 29, 2019
6. Routes To Avoid While Reaching Rashtrapati Bhavan
Just ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, the Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate security and traffic arrangements. According to reports, roads including Rajpath, Vijay Chowk, South and North Avenue, Church Road, and Daras-Shikoh road will remain closed to the public between 4 to 9 pm.
Here is a look at routes to avoid ahead of PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
The Delhi Police's traffic alert is due to movement of dignitaries around Rashtrapati Bhavan, where PM Modi will be sworn in pic.twitter.com/JW1cQKbtXy
— NDTV (@ndtv) May 30, 2019
7. Mamta Banerjee Politicizing Ceremony
Calling it an August celebration, the TMC leader has declined to attend the ceremony protesting against allegations of murdering 45 BJP workers. Many media experts believe that Mamata is politicizing the ceremony.
8. Soldiers Support PM Modi
Soldiers from Siachen at -13*C have a message for us all Indians for the #ModiSwearingIn
A big day for India which will usher of New era in Indian politics, Jai Hind?? #ThursdayMotivation #ThursdayThoughts #ModiSarkar2 pic.twitter.com/tSRi7Vw0U7
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) May 30, 2019