NEW DELHI, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Thursday sworn in as a Member of Parliament on the second day of the new Lok Sabha (the Lower House) after the general elections in which the Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power decimating the Congress party.
The 64-year-old prime minister was administered the oath by senior Congress leader and former Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath who was sworn in as pro-tem speaker by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday.
Modi was followed by BJP's seniormost leader and former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Though the total strength of Lok Sabha is 543, its current strength is 539 as a couple of leaders, including Modi contested the general elections from two constituencies and have given up one of them after winning both.
Moreover, Indian Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde's seat is also now vacant as he died in a road mishap in the national capital Tuesday.
Fresh elections for these seats will be held within six months.