Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he will be “a happy person” once he becomes India’s next prime minister and that “a great India” will be formed once he is in power.
Speaking to reporters after his swearing-in ceremony, Modi said that he was “very proud” of the country’s progress during the previous government, which he described as “amazing”.
“The people of India, they have been great,” he said.
“We have worked so hard to build this country, and I am very proud of that.
This is a great India.
We are the proud nation of the world.”
He added that the people of this country would have to decide their future.
The Prime Minister said the country would be “more democratic, more equitable” and more “reliable” under him as the nation’s leader.
The swearing-up ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the People in New Delhi, the capital of India.
Mr Modi was sworn in on the sidelines of a ceremony to inaugurate a government office complex in New York, the first in the world to be officially inaugurated by him.