The imminent victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reverberating not just in India, but across the globe. World leaders have taken note of the scale of the ruling party National Democratic Alliance’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections. As the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies lead in over 350 seats, even United States of America Ambassador to India, Ken Juster termed the NDA’s achievement as a ‘sweeping victory’ while congratulating PM Modi. Juster also conveyed USA's intent to intensify ties with their ‘strategic partner’ India.
Towards the closing moments of the one-sided but dramatic counting day, Juster shared a throwback picture where he is standing with PM Modi in Delhi. The US Ambassador wrote, “Congratulations to @narendramodi and the #NDA on your sweeping victory! The United States looks forward to working closely with our strategic partner #India in the years to come. #USIndia.”
While USA President Donald Trump is yet to congratulate PM Modi, other world leaders had sent their wishes either personally or on Twitter.
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 sent their wishes either personally or on Twitter.
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 over 350 seats 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 94 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.