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  • PM Imran congratulates Modi, 'looks forward to working for peace' in the region

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    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday congratulated India’s premier Narendra Modi on his victory in the country's national elections.

    "I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia," the prime minister said on Twitter.

    With around half the 600 million votes cast counted by 5pm, Indian Election Commission's data showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 300 of India's 543 elected lower house seats.

    Read Indian election live updates here.

    Modi claimed victory as results were being counted and vowed an "inclusive" future, with his party headed for a landslide win to crush the Gandhi dynasty's comeback hopes.

    The BJP's main rivals Congress were on just 49 seats, with Rahul Gandhi — the great-grandson, grandson and son of three premiers — in danger of a humiliating loss in the seat held by India's once-mighty political dynasty for generations.

     

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