Reactions from Indian political leaders on the NDA’s overwhelming majority
By the afternoon on May 23, when it became clear that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would retain power at the Centre, reactions came in from across party lines and celebrities congratulating PM Narendra Modi and his party. Here is a selection:
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted around 1 p.m. when her party was leading.
"Congratulations to the winners. But all losers are not losers. We have to do a complete review and then we will share our views with you all. Let the counting process be completed fully and the VVPATs matched."
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah credited the Modi-Shah duo for a "professional campaign".
"So the exit polls were correct. All that’s left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years," he tweeted.
External Affairs Minister, tweeting in Hindi, thanked voters for giving the BJP a great victory:
"You made it", tweeted actor Rajinikanth to Narendra Modi:
"Respected dear @narendramodi ji hearty congratulations … You made it !!! God bless."
Mehbooba Mufti, president of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, said it was time for the "Congress to get an Amit Shah".
"Congratulations to Narendra Modi ji for a historic mandate. Today surely belongs to BJP and it’s allies. Time for Congress to get an Amit Shah,"she tweeted.
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