Obama congratulates India on election
WASHINGTON: The White House warmly congratulated India on Saturday on its "historic" national election, after the ruling Congress-led alliance surged to a commanding win over its Hindu nationalist rivals.

"President Obama congratulates India on its historic national elections," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

"By successfully completing the largest exercise of popular voting in the world, the elections have strengthened India's vibrant democracy and upheld the values of freedom and pluralism that make India an example for us all."

Gibbs said that the United States recognized the achievement of India's people in the election, noting they remained the "strength and foundation for India's prosperity and democracy."

"President Obama looks forward to continuing to work with the Indian government to enhance the warm partnership between our two countries."

With results still coming in from the Election Commission, the Congress grouping was on track to win as many as 260 seats compared to 160 for the main opposition bloc headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The election set up a second term for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Posted by: john frum 2009-05-16