Congratulatory messages poured in from world leaders as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set for a second consecutive term in power with the BJP-led NDA winning even more seats than in 2014.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was 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.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Modi, where he noted the great importance he attached to development of India-China relations, and his desire to work with PM Modi to take their "closer development partnership" to newer heights.
Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP was set to return to power on Thursday as it led in 292 seats, while the Congress trailed far behind with 51, according to trends released by the Election Commission for all 542 seats that went to polls.
"Greetings from the depth of my heart dear friend on your impressive victory in the elections," Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew and Hindi.
"The election results are a re-approval 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," he tweeted.
Congratulations, my friend @Narendramodi, on your impressive election victory! The election results further reaffirm your leadership of the world's largest democracy. Together we will continue to strengthen the great friendship between India & Israel.— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 23, 2019
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Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Modi.
From a long standing friend!
Russian President Putin has sent a congratulatory message to PM @narendramodi and has confirmed his readiness to work together to build up the full range of bilateral relations and constructive interaction in international affairs.— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) May 23, 2019
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated PM Modi in a telephone call.
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster also tweeted congratulations on Prime Minister Modi's sweeping victory.
Congratulations to @narendramodi and the #NDA on your sweeping victory! The United States looks forward to working closely with our strategic partner #India in the years to come. #USIndia pic.twitter.com/thmcNvJeRY— Ken Juster (@USAmbIndia) May 23, 2019
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who was re-elected earlier this week, tweeted his congratulations, tagging the tweet of Modi congratulating him.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih tweeted his congratulations and said he looked forward to "closer and enhanced ties of Maldives-India cooperation".
Congratulations to PM @narendramodi on his historic victory in the Indian general elections. 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.— Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (@ibusolih) May 23, 2019
Bangladesh also congratulated Prime Minister Modi.
#Bangladesh #India relation is the relationship between state-to-state and people-to-people. Congratulations @narendramodi and @BJP4India @ihcdhaka #BangladeshIndiaFriendship #SheikhHasina #IndiaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/lkShWJbkL8— Awami League (@albd1971) May 23, 2019
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk also congratulated PM Modi in a telephonic call.
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena congratulated PM Modi on his victory and the "peoples re-endorsement of your leadership". He said Colombo "looks forward to continuing the warm and constructive relationship with India in the future".
Congratulations on your victory and the peoples re-endorsement of your leadership.— Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) May 23, 2019
Sri Lanka looks forward to continuing the warm and constructive relationship with India in the future.@narendramodi