Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, who will be the next prime minister of India, wears a garland presented to him by his supporters at a public meeting in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad May 20, 2014. Photo: Reuters
The presidents of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Maldives as well as the prime ministers of Nepal and Bhutan and Speaker of Bangladesh will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.
All eyes are now set on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is still considering to attend the ceremony and a final decision will be taken Saturday, say sources at Pakistan foreign ministry.
In addition to the leaders from Saarc countries, Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam will attend the swearing-in, Indian external affairs ministry sources said.
Bangladesh will be represented at the ceremony by Speaker of Jatiya Sangshad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has a pre-scheduled trip to Japan from May 25-28.
The Speaker will leave here for New Delhi Sunday and expected to return on May 28.
Modi, the prime minister-designate, had invited leaders of all Saarc countries for his swearing-in ceremony.
Modi is to be administered the oath of PM in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6:00pm on May 26.
This is the first time that Saarc leaders have been invited for PM's oath-taking ceremony.