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Trump calls Modi to congratulate him on UP & Uttarakhand election victory

BJP juggernaut rolled on in UP and in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump (Photo: Reuters)

US President on Monday called Prime Minister and congratulated him on his recent electoral success, the said.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump congratulated Modi on his success in the assembly polls.

Following the elections held in five states that begun on February 4 and ended on March 9 after polling was rescheduled on some seats, Modi's (BJP) formed the government in four states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and

It, however, lost Punjab to main rival after the results were announced on March 11.

Anchored mainly by Modi and his aide Amit Shah, the juggernaut rolled on in UP and in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand, bagging three-fourth majority.

The returned to power in the politically-crucial state of UP after a gap of 15 years during which regional parties such as the and the held sway.

and had hung assemblies after the polls, but the managed to form the government with the support of other parties.

The elections in the five states had turned into a virtual referendum on Modi's popularity following his decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

First Published: Tue, March 28 2017. 07:57 IST