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Shehbaz felicitates Modi on re-election as Indian PM

News Desk
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday felicitated India’s Narendra Modi following his historic return to the Prime Minister’s Office for the third time.

Congratulating his Indian counterpart on assuming the coveted post, PM Shehbaz took to X, formerly Twitter, to extend felicitation. “Felicitations to @narendramodi on taking oath as the Prime Minister of India,” he wrote.

Shehbaz’s congratulatory message for Modi came a day after he took oath as prime minister for the third consecutive time, only the second person after former Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru to serve a third straight term as premier.

Modi was sworn in as Indian premier on Sunday for a record-equalling third term but this time his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not in a strong position, which will test his ability to ensure policy certainty in the world’s most populous nation.

President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Modi at a grand ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president’s palace in New Delhi, attended by thousands of dignitaries, including the leaders of seven regional countries, Bollywood stars and industrialists.

The 73-year-old Modi, who started as a publicist of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of his BJP, secured the third term in elections that concluded on June 1 with the support of 14 regional parties in his BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), unlike in the previous two terms when his party won an outright majority.

The outcome is seen as a big setback to the popular leader as surveys and exit polls had predicted BJP would secure even more seats than in 2019.