PM congratulates Modi on winning Indian elections

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated his Indian counterpart Modi on Thursday after the latter won the Indian elections by a huge margin.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” tweeted Khan.

Imran Khan had said on the eve of Indian elections that if the BJP won elections, then there was a better chance of holding peace talks with India.

The prime minister’s comments caused an uproar in Pakistan as opposition parties slammed Imran Khan for issuing a statement in bias of Modi.

Modi had termed Prime Minister Khan’s statement as a ‘Googly’ saying that Imran had tried to harm him in the general elections in a shrewd manner.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on course Thursday for a major victory in the world’s largest election, with early trends suggesting an even bigger win for his Hindu nationalist party than in 2014.

After four hours of counting the 600 million votes cast, Election Commission data showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clearly in the lead in 292 seats out of 542 with main rivals Congress on just 49.

This would push the BJP over the 272 seats needed for a majority, defying some predictions and surpassing 2014 when Modi swept to power with 282 seats, the first parliamentary majority for a single party in 30 years in the country of 1.3 billion people.

The result would give the BJP and its allies, on course for close to 50 seats, a commanding 340 seats in the lower house. They will still lack a majority in the upper house, however, putting a brake on Modi’s legislative agenda.