Narendra Modi's BJP secured absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh earlier in March
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi late on Monday and congratulated him on Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) recent electoral successes in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa—in the third publicized conversation between the two leaders.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump congratulated Modi on his success in the key regional polls that have burnished his credentials as Prime Minister.
The poll victory in UP was particularly significant, with the BJP winning more than 300 of the 403 seats. Winning assembly elections in UP is also thought to be key to a victory in general elections. In the 2014 parliamentary elections that brought Modi to power, the BJP bagged 71 of the 80 seats in the state.
“US President HE Mr. @realDonaldTrump called PM @narendramodi to convey his felicitations on the electoral results," a post on Modi’s official Twitter handle @PMOIndia said on Tuesday.
This is the third telephonic conversation between Modi and Trump since 9 November when the latter was declared the winner in the presidential polls held a day earlier.
Modi had placed the first call to congratulate Trump and the other two, including the one on Monday, came from the White House.
Trump’s phone conversation with Modi comes days after a visit to the US by Indian national security advisor Ajit Doval during which he met defence secretary James Mattis, secretary of homeland security Gen (retd) John Kelly and national security advisor Lt-Gen. H.R. McMaster.
Prior to Doval’s visit, Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar and commerce secretary Rita Teotia—on a visit to the US earlier this month—also met McMaster and President Trump’s top adviser on international economic affairs Kenneth Juster, commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and Kelly.
Despite a cloud over relations due to suspected hate crimes against Indian nationals and people of Indian origin in the US, “overall our sense was that the administration has a very positive view of the (India-US) relationship and a very positive view of India," Jaishankar had said after his meetings in the US.