As the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its lead campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi proceed to a landslide victory on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, international leaders have already begun congratulating their Indian counterpart at his party’s stellar performance in the general elections. With exit polls predicting a clean sweep for the saffron party and its allies, celebrations have broken out in and around BJP offices across India.
The first to extend his wishes to the Prime Minister was Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who took to micro-blogging website Twitter to congratulate Prime Minister Modi on his return to power. “Congratulations on your victory and the peoples re-endorsement of your leadership. Sri Lanka looks forward to continuing the warm and constructive relationship with India in the future,” said Sirisena.
Another international leader who took to Twitter in order to congratulate Prime Minister Modi is Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who himself secured a clear path to re-election in April of this year. The PM of Israel sent out two tweets, one even in Hindi, to congratulate his Indian counterpart. Netanyahu tweeted, “Sincerely greetings to you, my friend Narendra Modi, for your impressive victory in the elections! The election results are another confirmation of your leadership and the way you lead the world’s greatest democracy. Together we will continue to strengthen the great friendship between us and India and Israel and lead it to new heights.”
Official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Raveesh Kumar took to Twitter to announce that Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated PM Modi on the electoral victory under his leadership. In a letter he sent to his Indian counterpart, the Chinese premier “noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with the PM Modi to take the Closer Development Partnership between the two countries to a new height.”
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck also extended their wishes to PM Modi in a telephonic conversation earlier today as the BJP surges closer to staking a massive majority in the general elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated the PM via a telegram which mentioned the “the convincing victory of the BJP at the general parliamentary elections”.
Soon after, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani took to the micro-blogging website to congratulate PM Modi on a “strong mandate from the PM of India”. Among international leaders who lauded the BJP’s victory was Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli.
The President of the Republic of Maldives Ibrahum Mohamed Solih was the latest in the list of international heads of state who have extended their compliments to the PM and his party. Solih’s tweet read, “It is a strong affirmation of the Indian people’s confidence in the BJP/led government. I look forward to closer and enhanced ties of Maldives-India cooperation.”
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin sends congratulatory telegram to PM Narendra Modi in connection “with the convincing victory of the BJP at the general parliamentary elections.”