Sri Lanka People's Front party Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins presidential polls.(REUTERS Photo)
Sri Lanka People's Front party Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins presidential polls.(REUTERS Photo)

PM Modi congratulates Gotabaya Rajapaksa for winning Sri Lankan presidential polls

Gotabaya Rajapaksa stormed to victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections, the results of which came on Sunday.
By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 01:34 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Gotabaya Rajapaksa for winning the Sri Lankan presidential polls and said he looks forward to further deepen relations between the two nations.

Rajapaksa stormed to victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections, the results of which came on Sunday.

“Congratulations @GotabayaR on your victory in the Presidential elections.I look forward to working closely with you for deepening the close and fraternal ties between our two countries and citizens, and for peace, prosperity as well as security in our region,” Modi tweeted.

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Screen grab of a video showing fight between fake buffaloes at a village in Sivasagar district of Assam on Friday.

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Odisha health workers who under the banner of Odisha State Male and Female Multipurpose Health Workers'/Health Supervisors’ United Association.(HT Photo)

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The CBI is verifying the nature of the racket as this could be much bigger considering a large number of bank fraud cases are under investigation.(HT Photo)

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