As election counting nears end in India on May 23, world leaders are now congratulating Narendra Modi on successfully returning for a second term as India's premier. BJP has claimed a landslide victory as a single majority party.
Trump congratulates Modi, BJP on 'BIG' election win
US President Donald Trump congratulates Narendra Modi and his BJP party on their landslide election victory.
"Congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi and his BJP party on their BIG election victory!" Trump tweeted.
"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!" Trump said.
Mohamad Bin Zayed congratulates Modi
His Highness Shaikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has congratulated Narendra Modi over his party’s victory in the general elections.
“I was pleased to talk to my dear friend Narendra Modi, India’s PM, over the phone to congratulate him on his party’s election win,” he has tweeted.
“We look forward to working together to deepen our strong bilateral ties. The UAE wishes India & its friendly people more development & prosperity” Shaikh Mohammad added.
United States reacts
The United States has said that it was confident in the fairness and integrity of the Indian elections and would work with whoever is the winner.
"I would say from the US perspective, we are very confident in the fairness and the integrity of the Indian elections, and we will obviously work with whoever is the victor and whatever the outcome is there," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said.
Unlike other countries, the US does not send its election observers to India because of the strong independent credentials of the Election Commission of India.
"We have a very strong relationship and a lot of co-operation with the Indian government on a full range of issues, and the Secretary (of State, Mike Pompeo) has said numerous times that we have a true strategic partner in India," Ortagus said.
The diplomat praised India and its people for carrying out such a massive exercise peacefully, describing it as fascinating. "Someone pointed this out to me today that India's election is the largest exercise in democracy in human history," she said.
"I think with everything going on in the world, that's a thing that we can pause and think about and certainly commend the Indian people," Ms Ortagus added.