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Nawaz Sharif Congratulates Modi on Becoming Prime Minister, Sends Message to End Hatred

Lahore: The head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif, has congratulated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on taking office for the third time.

According to details, former Prime Minister and PML-N head Nawaz Sharif congratulated the right-wing Prime Minister of India’s extremist Hindutva political party BJP on assuming office, sending a message to end hatred.

In his message on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Nawaz Sharif said, “My warm felicitations to Modi Ji (@narendramodi) on assuming office for the third time.” He added that the BJP’s success in the election reflects the trust of the Indian people in the party.

“Your party’s success in recent elections reflects the confidence of the people in your leadership,”, he wrote.

He added, “Let us replace hate with hope and seize the opportunity to shape the destiny of the two billion people of South Asia.”

The Indian Prime Minister was quick to respond and in his response, Modi appreciated Nawaz Sharif’s message but reiterated his stance on security:

“Appreciate your message @NawazSharifMNS. The people of India have always stood for peace, security, and progressive ideas. Advancing the well-being and security of our people shall always remain our priority.”

It is noteworthy that former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif was a past attendee of Modi’s first Prime Minister inauguration in 2014.

Earlier, the brother of Nawaz Sharif and the current Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif also congratulated Modi in a message posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, PM Shehbaz wrote, “Felicitations to @narendramodi on taking oath as the Prime Minister of India.”

Modi replied with a brief acknowledgment: “Thank you @cmshehbaz for your good wishes.” However, in a diplomatic move PM Shehbaz was not among the regional leaders invited to Modi’s oath-taking ceremony, reflecting the ongoing tension between the two countries.

Modi’s Oath-taking Ceremony, Election Results, and the Exclusion of Muslim Representatives

Modi’s oath-taking ceremony, held on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, was a grand event attended by thousands, including leaders from seven regional countries, Bollywood celebrities, and prominent industrialists. President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office.

Modi’s administration, which consists of 30 federal ministers and 41 state ministers, reflects the outcome of the recent general elections where no Muslim candidates from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were elected. This marks a historic first since India’s independence, as every council of ministers has traditionally included at least one Muslim representative.

The absence of any Muslim representation in Modi’s new government is evidence of the ongoing exclusionist policy in India against Muslims. Despite India’s substantial Muslim population, not a single Muslim leader was included in the grand oath-taking ceremony held in New Delhi on Sunday.

The 18th Lok Sabha, India’s lower parliament, now has only 24 Muslim members out of a total of 543. Of these, 21 are from the INDIA bloc, and three are from the India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen.

At 73, Modi’s leadership now faces a new challenge, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not secure an outright majority this time. Instead, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) garnered support from 14 regional parties to secure victory in the elections that concluded on June 1.

The results were seen as a setback for Modi, as pre-election surveys and exit polls had predicted a more substantial victory for the BJP, even more significant than in 2019.

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