World leaders, media react to Narendra Modi led BJP's election victory

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New Delhi, May 16: As the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies surge towards a record win in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, the foreign media joins others in congratulating Narendra Modi, who led NDA's poll campaign.

"US congratulates BJP on its victory in India's historic election", says US President Barack Obama's National Security Council.

Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulated Narendra Modi on Twittter:

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Narendra Modi on BJP's victory.

Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Narendra Modi on his landslide victory in the elections and invited him to visit the country. Bangladesh chief Sheikh Hasina too congratulated Modi on his victory in Lok Sabha elections and invited him to visit the country as his first foreign destination.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbot tweeted, "I've spoken to @narendramodi and congratulated him on his success. I look forward to strengthening ties between India and Australia"

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Narendra Modi and said,"Looking forward to work together, enhance bilateral relationship".

 

Sri Lankan envoy Prasad Kariyawasam was one of the first foreign representatives to react to BJP's victory. "Srilanka welcomes the verdict of people of India. Soon President Rajapaksa will warmly welcome and greet the incoming PM of India", he said.

BBC News, which has been covering the Indian elections extensively, writes, "Congress admits India poll defeat".  The Daily Star/Reuters writes, "Modi wins landslide victory in Indian election". Further in the article, it says "The United Progressive Alliance led by the Gandhi family's Congress party, which has ruled India for the last decade, was leading in just 67 seats - its worst-ever showing".

The Bangkok Post carries an AFP article which says, "Modi poised for victory as India steers right". The article says that the 'BJP victory and a Modi prime ministership would usher in a new style of leadership by an abrasive Hindi-speaking nationalist drawn from outside the usual Delhi power circles'. 

The article describes Modi as this: "Modi, a 63-year-old son of a low-caste tea seller, has reinvented himself from a controversial regional leader tainted by anti-Muslim riots to an aspiring statesman intent on helping India fulfil its potential."

The Wire has also carried a detailed report on LS poll results. "Narenda Modi Is India's Next Leader", reads its headline.

The New York Times' headline reads, "Congress Party Concedes Defeat as India Backs Modi". The article says, "In a humiliation for Mr. Gandhi, 43, a group of workers gathered around party headquarters in the capital city, chanting "Bring Priyanka, Save Congress," a reference to his younger sister, who is seen as the more charismatic politician. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a Congress spokesman, conceded that the party had been defeated".

A Washington Post article has the headline,"Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi heads to victory in Indian election". The article says, "Voters appeared to be looking beyond Modi's Hindu nationalist leanings and his controversial past as a leader who failed to control riots when his state descended into religious violence more than a decade ago".

Khaleej Times carried a huge article on Modi's feat. Here is how the page looked like:

Washtington Post carried an article today, May 17 focussing on the foreign policies between United States and India. The writer Fareed Zakaria said that the US must rethink its visa policy as US had blacklisted Narendra Modi over visa issues following the 2002 Gujarat riots.

(Fareed Zakaria has been a critique of NM for a long time and had said Modi will not survive as regional leader.)

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