Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s 29th prime minister in what is being seen as the biggest change in Indian politics in nearly 40 years.
The announcement came as the country prepares to celebrate its first full moon since independence.
A full moon is a common sight in India, where it marks the first full month of the Hindu calendar.
India’s president, who was in charge of the country during the last three years, has been in a coma for over a week after being admitted to hospital on Monday.
The Indian media said the prime minister had suffered a stroke while attending a function in the capital, New Delhi.
Modi’s spokesman said he was not in any immediate danger, but that the president had been kept overnight in a private hospital.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in the opposition Bharatiyas Congress party, led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, have accused the BJP of staging the inauguration and have accused Modi of being “deeply unpopular” as he faces his biggest challenge in the country’s history.
The BJP has been criticised by some analysts for its handling of the recent floods, which have left millions of people without power and caused severe economic hardship.
Many in the BJP have been demanding the prime minster step down, saying his handling of floods and the election of Rahul Gandhi as his party’s candidate for the 2019 general election have damaged the country.
India will hold a nationwide national election on May 9, 2019.
The new PM will be sworn in on May 13.
The swearing in ceremony will take place at the National Stadium in New Delhi, where Modi will be inaugurated as India has been known as the “Great Satan” for his political acumen.
Modi was re-elected in a landslide victory in the 2019 election, beating Congress leader Sonia Gandhi by a margin of nearly 13 percentage points.