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Modi anointed PM anew

Modi anointed PM anew

Urges removing fear from minorities * Smriti Irani's aide shot dead

NEW DELHI, May 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath as Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term on Thursday (May 30) as President Ram Nath Kovind invited him at Rastrapati Bhavan at 7 pm to this end. "The President will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on May 30 at 07.00 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan," a statement issued by President's Secretariat said. However, the government has also not announced the guest list for the swearing-in ceremony. Modi was formally intimated when he called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in his capacity as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in parliament following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha. Another report adds: Accusing opposition parties of using minorities for electoral gains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the BJP and his allies should remove the sense of fear among them as everybody needs to be taken along for the country's prosperity, report agencies. "Unfortunately, minorities of this country have been kept in fear, used in elections. We have to end this cycle," Modi said, calling for winning the trust and confidence of minorities. He accused the opposition parties of keeping the minorities confused and frightened, instead of working on the improvement of education and health among them. Modi also said that poor people of this country have been cheated. We have worked for 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', now we have to strive for 'Sabka Vishwas'. "The ones who vote for us, are a part of us. The ones who don't, are also a part of us," he said, stressing that no one must be left behind and there should be no discrimination. Asaduddin Owaisi hits back at PM Modi over remarks on minorities "If Muslims seriously live in fear, can the PM tell us, out of the 300 odd MPs, how many Muslim MPs he has in his party who got elected from the Lok Sabha? This is the hypocrisy and contradiction which the PM and his party are practicing from last 5 years," said Owaisi. Meanwhile, an aide to an Indian ruling party candidate, who recently defeated Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi for a seat in parliament, was shot dead overnight, police said on Sunday. Surendra Singh was an aide to Smriti Irani, a former television actress and dogged minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet. In one of the biggest upsets of the election that handed Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a second term, Irani beat Gandhi in the Amethi constituency, which had been held by his family almost continuously for the last four decades, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Singh worked closely with Irani and distributed sweets and paraded with celebrating supporters on Friday, a day after the election results, his relatives told Reuters partner ANI. He had gone to sleep on the veranda outside his home when unidentified gunmen shot him, Amethi Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar told Reuters on Sunday. "Some unknown people have fired on him and he died due to firearm injury," Kumar said. Seven people have been arrested, Kumar said, adding it was too early to draw conclusions about a motive. Requests for comment from two BJP spokesmen went unanswered. An official at the BJP headquarters in Uttar Pradesh was unable to immediately provide any information.

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