Iran congratulates India on general elections
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has extended Tehran’s felicitation to the Indian people and government on the country’s landmark general elections.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Saturday congratulated India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, for winning a majority in the country’s parliament.
She also expressed hope that Iran and India would further expand their relations in line with mutual interests.
On May 16, the opposition BJP won the first majority in the Indian parliament in 30 years, beating outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Congress party.
The BJP managed to secure more than the 272-seat majority required to create a government.
The incoming prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, arrived in the capital New Delhi from his home state of Gujarat on Saturday, as thousands of his supporters gathered to celebrate his victory.
“This victory has created a new confidence among people,” Modi told crowds of supporters, adding, “Hundreds of thousands of BJP workers deserve credit for what we have achieved.”
He then drove to the BJP headquarters in the capital to discuss the formation of a new government for the country.
India's general elections, the world's biggest and longest democratic exercise, concluded on Monday, setting a new record turnout of 66 percent.