Modi 3.0: Bill Gates hopes for ’continued partnership’ as Narendra Modi takes oath, says PM ‘strengthened India…’

Bill Gates extends congratulations to Narendra Modi on his third term as Prime Minister, emphasizing India's contributions to global progress in health, agriculture, women-led development, and digital transformation.

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First Published9 Jun 2024, 09:27 PM IST
The two leaders had previously met in March as the Lok Sabha elections loomed increasingly nearer.
The two leaders had previously met in March as the Lok Sabha elections loomed increasingly nearer. (AP)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates shared a congratulatory message on Sunday as Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister for a third consecutive term. The senior BJP leader will now begin a record-equalling third term with a 72-member Union Council of Ministers. The newly appointed Cabinet appeared to reward several NDA partners as well as putting emphasis on continuity, youth and experience.

“Congratulations to Narendra Modi on winning a third term as Prime Minister. You have strengthened India's position as a source of innovation for global progress in sectors like health, agriculture, women-led development, and digital transformation. Look forward to a continued partnership to enhance the lives of people across India and the world,” Gates tweeted. 

The two leaders had previously met in March as the Lok Sabha elections loomed increasingly nearer. The two leaders had engaged in a free-wheeling chat discussing a range of issues, from artificial intelligence to digital public infrastructure and efforts to combat climate change during the meet. Modi had also addressed the challenges posed by AI and underlined the significance of initially using watermarks on AI-generated content to make users aware and prevent misinformation.

The BJP won an absolute majority on its own during the last two elections — holding 303 seats until recently. PM Modi now heads an NDA coalition government with 292 seats in the Parliament and has laid thrust on making India a developed nation by 2047.

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President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Narendra Modi on Sunday evening, followed by other members of his team of ministers. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by luminaries from various fields — including Bollywood celebrities, ministers, and business magnates. 

Leaders from several neighbouring nations — including Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu — also attended the ceremony. President Droupadi Murmu hosted a banquet for the foreign dignitaries later on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

(With inputs from agencies)

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