Trump calls Modi, congratulates him on UP & other wins

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he arives for a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary committee meeting. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Delhi, India Mar 27, 2017, 07.12 PM (IST)

US President Donald Trump called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening to congratulate him on his recent state election victories, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

Trump also congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her party’s victory in a provincial election, the White House said.

"The president spoke with German Chancellor Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Modi earlier today to congratulate them on their parties' success in recent elections," Spicer said.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government in four Indian states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. Elections were held in five states.

It, however, lost Punjab to main rival Congress in the results announced on March 11.

This is the second time Trump has called Modi since he took office in January this year. 

Previously, Modi and Trump talked by phone on January 24, when they had resolved to stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" in the global fight against terrorism and for defence and security.

The BJP bagged the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections winning 312 seats of the state assembly's 403 seats. 

The BJP returned to power in the politically-crucial state of UP after a gap of 15 years.

(WION with inputs from PTI)