As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Democratic Alliance achieved a historic mandate from the citizens of the country, United States of America President Donald Trump congratulated the leader. Terming it as a ‘BIG election victory!’, the President wrote that ‘great things were in store‘ for US-India partnership under the PM’s leadership. He concluded that he was looking forward to continuing their ‘important work together.’
Trump late on Thursday tweeted, “Congratulations to Prime Minister @NarendraModi and his BJP party on their BIG election victory! Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!”
Earlier in the day, USA ambassador to India, Ken Juster had also congratulated PM Modi, calling his feat a ‘sweeping victory’. Juster had echoed his President’s views to intensify ties with their ‘strategic partner’ India.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo 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.
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 won over 350 seats. The United Progressive Alliance failed to touch three figures and stood at 95 seats. Even the combined tally of all the other parties did not reach the three-figure mark, as it constituted just 93 seats.