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Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s new prime minister in a ceremony in the forecourt of the presidential palace in Delhi, reports BBC.

Mr Modi took the oath before thousands of guests, including his counterpart from rival Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. It is the first time since the two countries won independence in 1947 that a prime minister from one state has attended such a ceremony in the other.

At the scene: Sanjoy Majumder, BBC News, Delhi

The grand presidential palace was a spectacular setting for what was an impressive ceremony. As the sun went down, the stage was set for a seamless transfer of power. There was an air of excitement among the thousands who had gathered to witness the historic event. Politicians mingled with celebrities and business leaders, many of whom had backed Mr Modi’s campaign. There was a large contingent from Gujarat, Mr Modi’s home-state, delighted to be there. But the highlight was the presence of the eight Asian leaders. A warm applause greeted the arrival of Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, who took time to exchange words with the outgoing PM Manmohan Singh. But the biggest cheers broke out when the man of the moment made his appearance. Narendra Modi was applauded as he walked down the red carpet and then cheered as, moments later, he was sworn-in as India’s 15th PM.

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