Though the country is still awaiting the official confirmation of the tally and exact victory margins, one thing is certain, the National Democratic Alliance has bettered their 2014 seat count with a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi being one of the most popular leaders of the world, several heads of state from across the globe kept a tab on the goings-on in India. Most of the major heads of various countries congratulated PM Modi for returning to power with a massive mandate. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was also one of those who expressed his thoughts to the Prime Minister personally via a phone call.
PM Modi thanked Abe for congratulating him on his victory. The PM duo acknowledged the advancement of India-Japan relations in the former’s first term. They further stressed on consolidating the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership to move ahead in the path to the shared vision of peace, progress and prosperity.
With the G20 Summit set to take place in Osaka in June, the PMs expressed their eagerness to meet each other. PM Modi also extended an invitation to PM Abe to visit India for the next India-Japan Annual Summit.
Before Abe, Pakistan President Imran Khan, China President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had also conveyed their congratulations to PM Modi for his victory. Even USA Ambassador to India Ken Juster also conveyed his wishes to the PM on behalf of the country.
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.”
"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).
Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies are set to win 350 seats or even more than that if the trends towards the end of the counting session are anything to go by. The United Progressive Alliance, in all probability, won’t touch three figures and stood at 95 seats at the time of publishing the story. Even the combined tally of all the other parties might not reach the three-figure mark, as it was just 97 seats.