World leaders congratulate Manmohan Singh for UPA’s electoral win

May 17th, 2009 - 12:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh started receiving congratulatory messages from world leaders after UPA’s electoral win in 2009 general election.

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was among the first to extend his greetings.

Zardari called up Dr. Singh last night and said that he was waiting for the new government to assume office in India so that the bilateral dialogue could be resumed, the PMO said.

Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck wrote a letter to Dr. Singh congratulating him on the victory.

In a statement, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the victory acknowledged the achievements of the first United Progressive Alliance government under the leadership of Manmohan Singh’.

‘The electoral process was yet another impressive display of the strong democratic culture of India,’ he added.

Manmohan Singh said the people of India have spoken and they have spoken with “great clarity”.

“They have expressed faith in Congress, in the visionary leadership of Sonia Gandhi and the sustained hard work by youth leader Rahul,” he said.

He appealed to all the political parties to join hands with the government and show the world that “we stand as one nation”. The Congress led- UPA has won 261 seats. The NDA on the other hand has won 157.

The Third Front has won 58 seats. The fourth front comprising Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has won 27. The Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) has won 21. While other parties has won 18 seats. (ANI)

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