China President Xi Jinping sent a letter to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he received a historic mandate from the nation, as per the ongoing trends of the counting of the votes in the Lok Sabha polls. The Chinese President conveyed his desire to take Closer Development Partnership between the two countries to a new height in partnership with PM Modi. The former also expressed satisfaction at the strong momentum of development in India-China relations.
The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, in a statement, shared, “President of People Republic of China, H. E. Mr. Xi Jinping sent a letter to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi earlier today congratulating him on the electoral victory of National Democratic Alliance under his leadership. In the letter, President Xi noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with Prime Minister Modi to take the Closer Development Partnership between the two countries to a new height. President Xi also expressed satisfaction at the strong momentum of development in India-China relations in recent years with the joint efforts of both sides.”
Before Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, had also congratulated the Prime Minister for his imminent victory.
"I am convinced that, as the Prime Minister of India, you will further strengthen the centuries-old friendship between our peoples and the all-round development of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India," Putin said in a congratulatory message.
The counting of votes began at 8 am on May 23 in each of the 542 constituencies (the Vellore Lok Sabha polls had been countermanded).
At the time of publishing this story, NDA was leading in 341 seats, well over the halfway mark needed to form the government in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, UPA stood at 99 seats, while all other probable winners constituted 101 seats.