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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of his new cabinet will take oath tomorrow evening at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital. He will be the first three-time Prime Minister after veteran Congress leader Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • Three-tier security arrangements have been made at Rashtrapati Bhavan where President Draupadi Murmu will administer the oath of office. Officials said Delhi Police’s SWAT and NSG commandos will be deployed around the venue and other strategic locations as Delhi is on high alert for the event.
  • Police have declared the national capital a no-fly zone, banning the use of aerial platforms like drones, para gliders, remotely piloted aircraft and hot air balloons for the next few days.
  • The swearing-in ceremony is expected to be attended by leaders of neighboring countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius and Seychelles besides the Maldives, under India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Dignitaries will be given designated routes from their hotel to the venue and back.
  • Officials said many roads leading to central Delhi will remain closed tomorrow or traffic may be diverted. Checking of vehicles entering the national capital has already been increased.
  • PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party – which had claimed 282 seats in 2014 and 303 seats in the 2019 elections, won 240 seats this time – 32 short of the 272-majority mark.
  • The support of 16 MPs from Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP and 12 MPs from his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar’s JDU is being considered crucial to ensure that the BJP can form and run its government for the full five years.
  • The spotlight is now on the talks between the BJP and its two key allies – TDP and JD(U) – each of whom are vying for key posts at the Centre. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction and Chirag Paswan’s LJP are also demanding important portfolios in the new cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Meanwhile, the Indian camp defied exit pollsters to mount a genuine challenge to the BJP in a national election – for the first time since the ‘Modi wave’ came to power in 2014. The opposition alliance finished with 232 seats – 40 less than 272. -Majority mark.
  • In this election, Congress, which led the Indian opposition, contested 328 seats and won 99 seats.