British PM David Cameron hails BJP’s poll win, keen to work with Narendra Modi

Over 550 million people cast their ballots, which is more people than the entire population of the European Union.

By: Press Trust of India | London | Published: May 16, 2014 5:01:00 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday congratulated BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his party’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls and said he is keen to work together.

“Congratulations@narendramodi on victory in India’s elections. Keen to work together to get the most from UK-India relationship,” tweeted Cameron, who was among the first world leaders to greet Modi.

While an official Downing Street statement will be issued later, UK Foreign Office issued its statement on the close relationship between the two countries. UK foreign secretary William Hauge said: “I congratulate Narendra Modi and the BJP on their success and look forward toforging an even closer partnership with India in the months ahead.”

“With 815 million eligible voters, 915,000 polling stations, and nine days of voting over five weeks, India has seen the largest parliamentary election in the world.

“The UK has strong ties with India and the British Government looks forward to working with the new Indian Government to build on this relationship and deliver security, growth and prosperity for both our nations,” he said. Modi is all set to become the next Prime Minister of India as his party is heading towards a majority on its own and form the next government.

The British Prime Minister’s specially appointed Indian Diaspora Champion, MP Priti Patel, offered her congratulation son behalf of the British Gujarati community. “Britain’s Gujarati community are rightly proud of Narendra Modi, his achievements and his dedication to his home state of Gujarat. The UK has already achieved a great deal with India, and we look forward to working with the new government to deepen our partnership and to welcoming the new Prime Minister and his administration to Britain,” she said. She congratulated Modi and his BJP Party on the clear results of the elections and for “earning the largest democratic mandate the world has ever known”.

“India has delivered the largest democratic election in human history in a peaceful and professional manner – this sets an example for the world. Over 550 million people cast their ballots, which is more people than the entire population of the European Union.

“At a time when voter turnout is low in some western countries, it is very encouraging to see that nearly two-thirds of all eligible participants exercised their right to vote. “The ways in which Narendra Modi mobilised support and broke through voter apathy will be a lesson for politicians and political campaigners around the world,” Patel added.

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