Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa congratulates Narendra Modi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa telephoned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him for Assembly Election results.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2012, 13:35 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday telephoned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him for Assembly Election results.

Jayalalithaa said in a statement that she had congratulated Modi for his "thumping victory".

Modi thanked Jayalalithaa for her good wishes, the statement said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party was on Thursday set to retain power in Gujarat, Modi`s third victory in a row, with its candidates leading in more than 110 of the 182 seats.

As they counted the millions of votes cast in the two-phase Assembly contest, Election Commission officials said the BJP had forged ahead in at least 116 constituencies -- just one short of the 117 it won in 2007.

The Congress, which had been desperate to oust Modi who has ruled Gujarat since 2001, appeared to be on the winning track in 62 places.