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Posted at: May 23, 2019, 3:27 PM; last updated: May 23, 2019, 11:06 PM (IST)

Together we prosper, says Modi; 'Chowkidar' title goes

New Delhi, May 23

With his BJP-led NDA all set to retain power at the Centre on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the win was a victory for India. 

In a tweet he wrote just as the National Democratic Alliance’s victory margin became amply clear, Prime Minister Narendra Modi—the BJP’s and the NDA’s star campaigner—said in a tweet: “सबका साथ + सबका विकास + सबका विश्वास = विजयी भारत.” 

“Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat,” his tweet read. 

Removing the prefix 'Chowkidar' from his Twitter handle, PM Modi said "the word goes from my Twitter name but it remains an integral part of me".

"Now, the time has come to take the Chowkidar Spirit to the next level. Keep this spirit alive at every moment and continue working for India’s progress.

The word ‘Chowkidar’ goes from my Twitter name but it remains an integral part of me. Urging you all to do the same too!," PM Modi said in a tweet.

Trump, Imran, Putin, Jinping, Netanyahu congratulate Modi 

US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the convincing victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections.

Trump congratulated PM Modi and his party on their “big” election victory. Great things are in store for US-India partnership with return of PM Modi at the helm, Trump said on Twitter.

"I am convinced that, as the Prime Minister of India, you will further strengthen the centuries-old friendship between our peoples and the all-round development of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India," Putin said in a congratulatory message.

The Russian leader expressed his readiness to continue fruitful personal contacts with Prime Minister Modi and to work together to build up the full range of bilateral relations and constructive interaction in international affairs, the Kremlin said in a statement. 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also congratulated PM Modi and expressed his desire to work with him for peace and prosperity in South Asia.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated him on the electoral victory of the NDA under his leadership, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

In the letter, President Xi noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with Prime Minister Modi to take the closer development partnership between the two countries to a new height.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and main Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards a resounding victory for a second term in office.

"Congratulations on your victory and the people's re-endorsement of you leadership," Sirisena said in a tweet.

"I have immense pleasure in extending to you my warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes on the victory of the BJP," Wickremesinghe's message of congratulations said.

"Heartfelt best wishes and congratulations," Rajapaksa said in his message.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera interrupted his speech in Parliament to offer congratulations to Prime Minister Modi.

Several other lawmakers in Parliament offered best wishes to the Indian leader. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared set to retain power for a second term and vowed to strengthen their "great friendship" as well as bilateral ties.

"Heartfelt congratulations, my friend @Narendramodi, on your impressive victory in the elections," Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew. 

"The election results are more validation of your leadership and the way you lead the largest democracy in the world. Together we will continue to strengthen the great friendship between us, and between India and Israel and take it to new heights," he said. 

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on BJP’s spectacular victory in Lok Sabha polls. “India’s 1.3 billion people look to you and the new NDA government for a better tomorrow,” Amarinder tweeted. — Agencies


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