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Despite Reduced Numbers, World Leaders Congratulate Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Italian counterpart, Georgia Meloni

Despite confronting unsparing dissection of his popularity in India following a dip in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s numbers in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received many congratulatory messages from world leaders.

What is reassuring for world leaders is that PM Modi’s third consecutive term ensures political continuity and doing business with the same head of government. Modi is expected to be sworn in as Prime Minister on June 8.

According to the Election Commission of India, the BJP won 240 seats, and with its allies has 292 seats in the Parliament. The Congress has registered a strong growth winning 99 seats.

Among the first to greet PM Modi on Wednesday were the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Bhutan Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni and others. The White House commended India for its “vibrant democratic process.”

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning extended congratulations to the BJP. Against the backdrop of tense ties between the two countries following the 2020 Galwan Valley clash, the felicitation came as an assurance that China is ready to work with India in the fundamental interest of the two countries.

Mao Ning said,”A sound and stable India-China relationship is in the interest of both countries and conducive to the peace and development of this region and beyond.”

In a post on X, Israel’s Netanyahu added a special Hindi flavour ‘Badhai Ho’ in his message that read, “I extend my warmest congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on being re-elected for a third consecutive term. May the friendship between India and Israel continue to surge towards new heights.”

Netanyahu’s wishes come at a time when Israel’s war with Hamas has entered the eighth month.

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The Italian PM Georgia Meloni, whose equation with PM Modi went viral during the G 20 Summit hosted by New Delhi last autumn, said both nations will cooperate on various issues for the well-being of their people.

“Congratulations to @narendramodi on the new electoral victory and my warmest wishes for good work. Certain that we will continue to work together to strengthen the friendship that unites Italy and India and consolidate cooperation on the various issues that bind us, for the well-being of our Nations and our peoples,” she posted on X.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy urged “continued cooperation” between New Delhi ands Kyiv. He said that he looked forward to India attending the Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland, later this month.

The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hoped Modi would exercise leadership for India’s further development and he would like to work closely with him for realizing a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”

Singapore Prime Minister, Lawrence Wong, said “Congratulations, @narendramodi on the historic victory by the NDA for the third consecutive term,” he wrote in a post on X.

“Look forward to working with you to deepen the Singapore-India partnership and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year,” Wong added.

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu too, congratulated PM Modi and said he looks forward to working together to advance the ‘shared interest’ in pursuit of shared prosperity and stability for our two countries.

PM Modi took to X to thank the Maldivian President and said he looks forward to closer cooperation for further strengthening of bilateral ties between the two nations. He said Male is New Delhi’s valued partner and neighbour in the Indian Ocean Region.