World leaders congratulate Modi who is all set to begin his 2nd innings as PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday on his election victory and vowed to work with him to take the bilateral ties to a new height

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New Delhi: Several heads of state and other world leaders have congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on retaining his government as the trends, which have turned irreversible by now, show that the BJP is retaining power with a margin that is greater than that of 2014.

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the convincing victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections and expressed his readiness to work together to build up the full range of bilateral relations.

“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.

China

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday on his election victory and vowed to work with him to take the bilateral ties to a new height.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and main Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards a resounding victory for a second term in office.

Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday became the first world leader to congratulate his counterpart Narendra Modi for scripting an “impressive victory” in the general elections and vowed to strengthen their “great friendship” as well as bilateral ties.

Nepal

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for a “landslide victory” in the general elections and hoped to work closely with him in future.

As the early trends in the vote count indicated a resounding victory for Modi, Oli posted a tweet wishing him a successful tenure. “I extend warmest congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji for landslide election victory in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. I wish all success ahead. I look forward to working closely with you,” he tweeted.

Afghanistan

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani wrote on Twitter: Congratulations to PM @narendramodi on a strong mandate from the people of India. The government and the people of Afghanistan look forward to expanding cooperation between our two democracies in pursuit of regional cooperation, peace and prosperity for all of South Asia.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday congratulated her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his “resounding” victory in the general elections, saying the renewed mandate given them by their people will further consolidate bilateral ties.

In a congratulatory message to Modi, Prime Minister Hasina said,”On behalf of the Government and the people of Bangladesh and on my own behalf, I extend my heartiest congratulations to you on the resounding victory of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under your dynamic leadership in the 17th Lok Sabha elections in India.

“This emphatic verdict is a reflection of the trust and confidence reposed on you by the people of the world’s largest democracy.” She said that Bangladesh attaches the highest importance to its multi-faceted relations with India which is driven by genuine goodwill, mutual trust and respect.

Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo Thursday congratulated his counterpart Narendra Modi for his resounding electoral victory in the general elections and vowed towards further strengthening the India-Japan special strategic ties.

“Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him for the resounding victory of his party in the 2019 General Elections,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Modi thanked Shinzo for his wishes, it said.

During the conversation, both leaders noted the advances made in the bilateral relationship in the last five years and reiterated their commitment towards further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership to achieve their shared vision of peace, progress and prosperity, the statement added.

The BJP is all set to return to power as the partial vote count released by the Election Commission showed that it was leading in 296 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in seven phases, demolishing the combined opposition including the Congress that is stuck with 51 seats. The NDA is nearing the 350 marks. The non-NDA, non-UPA parties have scored more than the UPA. Some of these MPs who are not a part of the mahagathbandhan may, in due course, switch to the NDA camp, making the next government even more powerful.