|Iran congratulates India on successful election||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Saturday expressed Tehran’s congratulation over the successful general election in India.
Commenting on the 66 percent participation at the election in India, she extended Iran’s felicitation to the Indian people, government, parties, and political leaders, specifically leaders of the BJP party.
Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide, preliminary results showed on Friday, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century.
The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party captured a commanding lead for at least 272 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties. The Congress party trailed well behind with leads in only 42 seats, its worst showing ever, according to AP.
Afkham expressed hope that through the new opportunities, Iran and India would expand ties.
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