In Washington, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, "The president (Trump) spoke with German Chancellor Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Modi earlier today to congratulate them on their parties' success in recent elections." Following Assembly elections, Mr Modi-led BJP formed the government in four states-- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
In the agrarian state Punjab, however, BJP's main rival Congress wrested power from Akali Dal-BJP combine. On January 24, both the US President and the Prime Minister had a telephonic talk. During the election campaign, Mr Trump had said about India, "We are going to have a phenomenal future together.' (UNI)