Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi is to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa alongwith other SAARC leaders to the May 26 oath taking ceremony. The BJP this time is going all out to capitalise on the brand NaMo. A total of 3000 invites are likely to be send for the swearing-in, India.com reported.
The swearing-in ceremony is slated to hold on 26th May. There are speculations doing the rounds that the Head of States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and also some of the North Eastern Affairs (NEA) countries may be invited and it got confirmed with PMO stating that the Pakistan Prime Minister has been invted.
The formal invites haven’t been sent out yet. But with SAARC countries entering the fray, makes the situation quite interesting. Will the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accept the invitation or not? While there is news of Nawaz Sharif not attending for prior commitments (obvious reason), it is reported that he will send some representative for the swearing in.
Narendra Modi, yesterday in his meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee, expressed his desire to host world leaders including heads of states of several countries in his swearing ceremony. The Ministry of External Affairs has already begun the process of sending out invites. While all the members of the SAARC nations are all set to be invited, 3000 other leaders around the world will be invited too. It will another first in Modi’s cap, that of inviting world leaders for a swearing-in ceremony of a PM. (Colombo Gazette)