Modi scores a massive victory: World leaders Congratulates

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at BJP headquarters/Image: Scroll

After a month-long marathon poll, the world’s largest democracy given its mandate to Narendra Modi. In a one-sided election, without a strong opposition or influential leaders to oppose, Modi-led Bhartiya Janta Party alliance secured 352 seats in the lower house parliament, out of 542.

Leader of largest opposition party Rahul Gandhi lost his own traditional lower house seat from the constituency of Amethi against BJP’s Smriti Irani by more than 20,000 votes. Gandhi, who was three-times Member of Parliament from Amethi, however, accepted his defeat in a statement and termed it people’s mandate.

Narendra Modi himself scored a massive victory from his constituency of Varanasi. He defeated his closest rival by 479,505 votes securing total 674,664 votes.

…And the credit goes to?

BJP President Amit Shah, who is considered as the modern day Chanakya by many analysts, was the chief strategist in Modi-led campaign, in which the entire poll was revolving around Modi. Whether, about the suppression of minorities as alleged by oppositions, or the controversial demonetization and newly introduced Goods and Service Tax (GST) bill bought-in by Modi.

This election could be an eye-opener for the oppositions, as on many of the issues, they were unable to press the ruling government during their 5 years rule between 2014-2019, including unemployment and issues related to suicide rates among farmers.

World Congratulates

Indian Prime Minister Modi is well known for his pro-active Foreign Policy. During his 5-year tenure, he travelled across the globe, hailing Indian Foreign Policy and promoting trade.

His neighbourhood-first policy is indeed evident, as Srilankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the first to start a series of global reactions. In his tweet, he congratulated Modi and expressed his wish to work closely. He was later joined by the head of states from all South Asian countries, including Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Tweet by Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Tweet by Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Another South Asian nations too joined the league sending congratulatory messages to the Indian PM-elect

Tweet by K P Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal

Tweet by Abdulla Shahid, President of Maldives

Tweet by Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan

Tweet by Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan

Other World leaders

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, commenting on Indian verdict, congratulates Modi through twitter in a series of Tweets, in English, Hebrew and Hindi. Netanyahu has its own fan-base among the Indian audience, who didn’t miss the chance to make Israeli Prime Minister’s tweet viral.

Tweet by Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

The American bonhomie with India is based on the Trump-Modi relations, who has been termed similar in approach by their critiques. Trump greeted Modi at last, however, his tweet was most awaited for his Indian fans and it got a stunning response with too may likes & retweets.

Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, rather decided to send a congratulatory letter to the PM-elect Modi, via his Ambassador Luo Zhaohui to New Delhi

Tweet by Luo Zhaohui, China’s Ambassador to India

Russian President too congratulated Modi

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisson

Tweet by Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Dr John Magufuli, the Prime Minister of Tanzania was the first African leader to extend wishes to Indian PM-elect

Tweet by Dr John Magufuli, Prime Minister of Tanzania

Leaders including Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina, Abe Shinzo, Prime Minister of Japan and UAE Crown Prince in a telephonic conversation with PM Modi extend their greetings.

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