Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thursday said the party fully respects the decision of the people and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for their victory in Lok Sabha polls.
Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards what is certain to be a resounding victory for a second term in office.
"It is the people's decision and we fully respect it. We congratulate the BJP workers, leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi," Priyanka Gandhi told reporters at the AICC headquarters.
Priyanka's remarks came soon after her brother and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi congratulated PM Modi over the victory of the NDA in the bitterly fought Lok Sabha polls.
Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP-led NDA was set to return to power as it led in 350 seats, according to trends available for all the 542 seats that went to polls.
If the trends stay until final results, the BJP would have improved on its 2014 performance when it had won 282 seats on its own in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Adding the seats won by its allies, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance could win 343 seats, up from 336 in 2014.
The results are a resounding endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity, his government's achievements in the last five years and his campaign, which centred around national security and nationalism. He also relentlessly attacked the Congress Party for what he called its dynastic legacy, and blamed it for the country's woes. The opposition had criticised the BJP campaign as divisive and polarising.