The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi issued a brief statement via Twitter after a statement by President Ghani created confusions regarding the preliminary election results which the election commission of Afghanistan announced earlier this week.
“My dear friend and the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, called this afternoon to congratulate me on winning the preliminary results and the Afghan people on the successful presidential elections,” President Ghani said in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
The ARG Presidential Palace also issued a statement stating that Prime Minister of India has congratulated Ghani for securing lead in preliminary election results.
The statements created confusions among the people in Afghanistan with majority saying that the ‘comments that Prime Minister Modi has congratulated President Ghani were taken out of context’ while others have criticized the government for the gross misrepresentation.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post “It is always a delight to talk to my friend, President @ashrafghani. Congratulated him and the people of Afghanistan on the successful conduct of presidential polls and announcement of preliminary results. India values the strong friendship with Afghanistan.”
The Prime Minister Office of India had earlier said in a statement “Prime Minister Modi congratulated President Ghani on the announcement of preliminary official results of the Presidential elections. The Prime Minister also complimented the people of Afghanistan onthe successful conduct of the elections and the subsequent process in face of daunting challenges, which represents the strengthening of roots of democracy in Afghanistan.”
The Independent Election Commission on Sunday announced the preliminary election results based on which President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has secured lead among the other contenders.
However, the main rivals of President Ghani including Abdullah Abdullah have challenged the announcement of preliminary vote results, calling it rife with flaws.
Abdullah’s electoral team has filed more than 4,000 complaints in connection with the preliminary vote results with the reports indicating that the majority of the complaints are in regards to 300,000 controversial votes which the election commission has included in the vote count.
It is believed that the votes, if partially or fully invalidated, could dramatically change the scenario and could even drag the elections into second round.