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Nawaz Sharif invites Narendra Modi to visit Pakistan

Lahore, May 17 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned Narendra Modi whose party BJP has swept India’s general elections. The media coordinator for Sharif's ruling Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) party, Tariq Azeem said that Sharif had congratulated Modi and had invited him to visit Pakistan. There have been concerns in Pakistan over Modi's victory because of his hard-line stance towards the nation, especially during his election campaign. Azeem said Pakistan was hoping Modi would change his attitude towards the country after he took over office. Many Pakistanis also believe that Modi is extremely anti-Pakistan. May 17, 2014
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Indians in New York City react to Narendra Modis win

New York, May 17 (ANI): Residents in New York City welcomed the news of India's next Prime Minister, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Modi's landslide, the most resounding election victory India has seen in 30 years, was welcomed with a blistering rally on India's stock markets and spirited celebrations in New York, where supporters danced to a drum beat, wore Modi masks, and handed out sweets. The BJP looked certain of a parliamentary majority, giving the 63-year-old former tea-seller ample room to advance reforms started 23 years ago by current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but which stalled in recent years. May 17, 2014
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BJP received 42% votes in UP, which means 58% people didn't supported BJP: Mayawati

Lucknow, May 17 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Saturday appeared before the media, a day after her party faced defeat in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. But, instead of acknowledging her party's defeat which failed to win even one seat in 2014 polls, Mayawati went on to claim that her party had done better than the 2009 elections. Seeking to discredit BJP's victory, she said that BJP received 42% votes in UP, which means that 58% of people didn't supported the party. May 17, 2014
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Modis wave and Congress failure caused BJPs win: Yeddyurappa

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday expressed his happiness over BJP’s victory in these General Elections. He said that the entire country is happy that Narendra Modi will be the PM. He added that Modi’s wave and Congress’ failure led to BJP’s tremendous win. May 17, 2014
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Manmohan Singh resigns as Prime Minister of India

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh submitted his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday, a day after the BJP routed the Congress in the Lok Sabha election. Earlier in the day, Dr Singh addressed the nation for the last time before submitting his resignation. Manmohan Singh was the prime minister at the head of a Congress-led government since 2004. May 17, 2014
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Situation returns to normal in violence-hit Bodo areas of Assam

Assam, May 17 (ANI): The death toll in the mayhem unleashed by militants in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) has reached 36. The curfew, which was imposed on May 2, has been relaxed in Baksa, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts as no fresh violence was reported. The Assam government blamed Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for killing 36 people, all migrant Muslims. The Centre has sent a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter and has deployed additional forces to maintain peace and calm. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi visited the violence-hit Kokrajhar district and assured justice to the victims. May 17, 2014
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Narendra Modi's first victory march begins in Delhi

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): BJP-led NDA’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was given a grand welcome by BJP president Rajnath Singh and seven party Members of Parliament on his arrival in Delhi from Ahmedabad. Modi and his supporters have since begun their victory march in the national capital. After securing a handsome 337 majority win for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2014 general elections, Modi arrived in Delhi to take part in the roadshow to celebrate his victory, and will also attend a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board at the party headquarters in Lutyen's Delhi. May 17, 2014
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Narendra Modi to attend 'Ganga Aarti' in Varanasi today

Varanasi, May 17 (ANI): A day after the declaration of Lok Sabha election results, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will on Saturday visit Varanasi to thank people for their support. Varanasi is the second Lok Sabha constituency from which he won handsomely. Party leader said that Modi will fly into the temple town from New Delhi after the BJP's parliamentary board meeting and will reach Varanasi in the evening. He will proceed straight to the Kashi Vishwanath temple and then address a public rally before taking part in the Ganga Arti on the bank of the river Ganga. May 17, 2014
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Obama congratulates Modi on emphatic poll win.

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): US President Barack Obama telephoned BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his "emphatic election victory". According to reports, Obama told Modi that the largest democracy in the world has given a "decisive mandate". He said that he wished that under Narendra Modi's leadership, India will contribute significantly at the global level. Both leaders reportedly also discussed the India-U.S. Strategic Partnership and the prevailing global economic situation. May 17, 2014
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My life and tenure an open book: Manmohan singh in his farewell speech

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Addressing the nation in his last day at office, Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that his life and tenure as the prime minister has been an 'open book' and that he has done his best to serve the nation. He also said that the people of the country should respect the judgement that they have delivered, and said that the concluded elections have deepened the foundations of country's democratic polity. Singh also said that the citizens of India are responsible for the nation’s development and that there is still vast latent development potential in the country which should be realized collectively. May 17, 2014
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Indians in New York City react to Narendra Modis win

New York, May 17 (ANI): Residents in New York City welcomed the news of India's next Prime Minister, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Modi's landslide, the most resounding election victory India has seen in 30 years, was welcomed with a blistering rally on India's stock markets and spirited celebrations in New York, where supporters danced to a drum beat, wore Modi masks, and handed out sweets. The BJP looked certain of a parliamentary majority, giving the 63-year-old former tea-seller ample room to advance reforms started 23 years ago by current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but which stalled in recent years. May 17, 2014
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BJP leaders rejoice over thumping majority, humbled by voters generosity

New Delhi/ Lucknow /Bhopal, May 17 (ANI): BJP leaders said that they are humbled by the generosity of voters and expressed their happiness over thumping majority to form government as Narendra Modi storms to an historic election win. BJP leader, Amit Shah said this is the first time since independence a non Congress party has got the mandate to from the government with absolute majority. BJP chief Rajnath Singh said the new government would work towards accomplishing dreams of the people. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj extended her gratitude to the voters for landslide victory. May 17, 2014
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Need ten years to develop the country: Modi

Ahmedabad, May 17 (ANI): The big winner of general election, Narendra Modi, said that he needs ten years to develop the country. Allaying fears of any hidden divisive agenda, Modi said he would take every citizen on the journey of development. The BJP leader also said that people voted beyond any narrow consideration of caste or creed. Modi's landslide vicyory was welcomed with a thundering rally on stock markets and raucous celebrations at BJP offices across the country where supporters danced, exploded fireworks and handed out sweets. May 17, 2014
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People have voted for change: RSS

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) congratulated the BJP, on its landslide victory in mammoth general elections saying that people of the country have voted for a change. RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale, heartily congratulated the newly -elected government. Hosabale added that the new government was expected to do good work for the benefit of the country. May 17, 2014