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* Sri Lankan President congratulates India's next Prime Minister, invites him to visit country
Fri, May 16, 2014, 09:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today congratulated India’s Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi on his landmark win and invited him for a state visit to Sri Lanka.

President Rajapaksa congratulated Mr. Modi and said that the economic progress could be achieved only through a stable government and he was glad that Mr. Modi would be able to form a stable government with his party's resounding victory.

Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Narendra Modi is expected to be invited to form the next government after the official declaration of the general elections results. The BJP led alliance is likely to get over 330 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

Votes counted so far suggest the BJP is on course for the most resounding victory by any party for 30 years, the BBC said.

President Rajapaksa extended Mr. Modi an invitation to pay a state visit to Sri Lanka at his earliest convenience.

Modi will take oath on May 21 as the next Prime Minister of India before President Pranab Mukerjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi.

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