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Messages felicitating Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the historic victory in the general elections continued to stream in from across the world. The Prime Minister received telephone calls today from HRH Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia; HRH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar; H.E. Mrs. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; H.E. Mrs Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; and H.E. Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President of Sri Lanka.  
 
The Prime Minister thanked the Crown Prince for his warm felicitations and conveyed his appreciation for his invaluable friendship with people of India and his personal interest in furthering the close relations between the two countries.
 
The Emir warmly felicitated the Prime Minister and noted the deepening relationship between India and Qatar. Prime Minister thanked the Emir and expressed appreciation for his guidance in building strong partnership between the two countries.
 
Congratulating the Prime Minister, Chancellor Merkel noted the growing relationship between the two countries and expressed her desire to further enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interests. The Prime Minister thanked her and noted the exemplary role played by her in furthering bilateral ties between the two countries as well as for global peace and prosperity. The two leaders look forward to interacting at the forthcoming G 20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, and to the Inter Governmental Consultations between the two countries later this year in India.
 
Prime Minister May congratulated the Prime Minister on the strong mandate. Describing the General Elections as a major showcase for democracy, Prime Minister May complimented the people of India on completion of the significant exercise. Prime Minister Modi thanked her and expressed his desire to continue to work for further deepening bilateral cooperation with the United Kingdom in all spheres.
 
Prime Minister thanked Former President of Sri Lanka Mr Rajapaksa for his greetings. Stating that as neighbours India and Sri Lanka enjoy longstanding, close and friendly relations, the Prime Minister expressed the confidence that these relations will continue to grow for the benefit of the people of the two countries as also for regional peace and prosperity.
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When we come to Parliament, we should forget Paksh and Vipaksh. We should think about issues with a ‘Nishpaksh spirit’ and work in the larger interest of the nation: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today, welcomed all the new MPs ahead of the first session of 17th Lok Sabha.

In the media statement before the start of session, Prime Minister said ,“Today marks the start of the first session after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. I welcome all new MPs. With them comes new hopes, new aspirations and new determination to serve”.

The Prime Minister expressed happiness in the increased number of women Parliamentarians in the 17th Lok Sabha. He said that the Parliament is able to fulfil the aspirations of people when it functions smoothly.

The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of opposition in parliamentary democracy. He expressed hope that the opposition will play an active role and participate in House proceedings. The opposition need not worry about their numbers in the Lok Sabha, PM said.

“When we come to Parliament, we should forget Paksh and Vipaksh. We should think about issues with a ‘Nishpaksh spirit’ and work in the larger interest of the nation”, PM added.