Indian PM calls to congratulate Modi on election victory

NEW DELHI:  Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called  Narendra Modi on Friday to congratulate him on his party’s thumping victory in  the country’s general election, Singh’s office said in a tweet.

“Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh calls Shri Narendra Modi and  congratulated him on his party’s victory in the Lok Sabha (parliamentary)  elections,” he said on his
official Twitter account.

Results so far show Modi on track to succeed Singh with his opposition  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set to trounce Congress and secure the first  parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years.

Congress, the national secular force that has run India for all but 13  years since independence, was set to crash to its worst ever result.

Modi, the 63-year-old son of a low-caste tea seller tainted by anti-Muslim  violence in his home state of Gujarat in 2002, wrote on Twitter that “India has  won. Good days
are coming.”

Singh, 81, an economist, will retire from politics after 10 years as prime  minister in charge of the centre-left Congress government.