Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly congratulated India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for his landslide victory at the polls, winning a re-election over the world’s “largest democracy.”
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The two men are warm friends, as was seen in their mutual state visits to each other’s countries in 2017 and 2018.
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.
Well done, my friend! https://t.co/2U5yJmHddS
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) May 23, 2019
Modi’s dramatic victory put his Hindu nationalist party on track to increase its majority for business-friendly policies and a continued firm stance on national security.
“Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India,” Modi said on Twitter. “India wins yet again!”
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party was seen to be ahead in 300 of the 542 contested seats in the election – an increase from the 282 seats the party won in 2014 – and a clear majority of more than the 272 needed to overtake the Lower House of Parliament, according to official data from India’s Election Commission, Reuters reported.