Elaborate ceremony for new Prez

It will be an event high on protocol with the ceremony’s finer details being  worked at a dress rehearsal on Saturday. President Pratibha Patil will move out of Rashtrapati Bhavan to make way for the nation’s 13th head of state.

The exact time for the ceremony is not fixed yet. Officials are waiting for the president-elect to indicate the time for the ceremony. As per the elaborate ceremony, the president-elect and his spouse will be brought from his home to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They will meet President Patil in the bhavan’s study.

After exchange of greetings, the president and the president-elect will sit in the president's limousine and leave the North Court of Rashtrapati Bhavan for the Forecourt. Then president and the elect will be taken to the saluting dais .

President Patil will take the salute with the president-elect standing to her right.

The president’s bodyguards will then sing the national anthem. Then, they will be taken in to the Jaipur Column where the 28 Madras Guard will also salute the president. The car will then move through to Gate no 5 of Parliament House for the formal swearing-in ceremony. There will be 1,000 soldiers standing - from the three services - who will give the 1,000 salute or the Hazar Salam.

The president will also be given a national salute by the President’s Body Guards with the president-elect standing to her right. Accompanying them will be the chief justice of India, S.H. Kapadia, the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

They will go in a procession to the Central Hall of parliament with a roll of drums. Patil will occupy the central seat and on her right will be the president-elect and the CJI, while on her left will be seated Ansari and Meira Kumar.

When Patil reaches the dais, the national anthem will be played after which everyone will take their seat. The home secretary R.K. Singh will then take permission to read out the Election Commission notification on the name of the new president.

The national anthem will be played again, then CJI will administer the formal oath of office to the new president. Patil and the new president will then swap their seats. A 21-gun salute will follow, after which, an oath register will be placed before the new president, who will sign on it. The president will then read out an ‘acceptance address’. The ceremony will then be concluded with a roll of drums and the national anthem.

They will leave in a procession to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The new president will come out to the Forecourt and climb on a jeep for inspection of the guard of honour. After 45 minutes, there will be a ceremony in front of the Durbar Hall where a special marquee will be erected. Patil will then take a final guard of honour.

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