Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that they will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. Both the leaders said that they cannot make it to the event due to prior commitments. 

Baghel posted a tweet congratulating PM Modi and said that he will not be able to attend the gala ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan due to prior commitments. “I want to congratulate PM Modi. Due to prior commitments, I will not be able to go for his oath ceremony tomorrow. I have sought time from PMO to meet him later,” Baghel tweeted. 

Patnaik also congratulated the prime minister and his council of ministers and said he will not be able to attend the ceremony because he will be busy in Bhubaneswar attending the oath-taking ceremony of the ministers of his cabinet. “The newly elected members of the 16th Vidhan Sabha will take oath tomorrow. As a leader of the house, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has to remain present during the occasion. Thus, he is unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister and his council of ministers tomorrow,” an official statement read.