India's prime minister-designate has been meeting with his coalition partners to work on forming a new government.
Manmohan Singh is scheduled to be sworn in tomorrow (Saturday) at a ceremony in the Presidential Palace.
Mr. Singh's new government will be backed by 11 political parties that have joined Congress in a coalition. Two communist parties and four smaller groups have decided to support the coalition in Parliament without formally joining it.
Putting together a coalition is new to the Congress party, which virtually monopolized Indian politics for most of the first four decades after independence from Britain in 1947. In fact, in the past it even ridiculed outgoing Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's multi-party alliance.
Earlier Friday, Mr. Singh accompanied his party's leader Sonia Gandhi to a shrine in New Delhi to mark the 13th anniversary of the murder of her husband, Rajiv, a former prime minister.
They placed marigold and rose petals on the slain leader's memorial and circled it barefoot as young Hindu monks chanted hymns.
And then they returned quickly for crucial talks with their coalition partners about who will get which Cabinet posts.