Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him to “congratulate on winning the preliminary results” in the Afghan election. Afghan election officials on Sunday announced that President Ghani secured 50.64 per cent votes amid allegations of fraud and malpractice in the September 28 election.

Mr Ghani’s rival Abdullah Abdullah has rejected the result and announced to challenge it.

“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,” Ghani tweeted on Tuesday.

“He said, India as a friend, neighbour and the world’s largest democracy is fully supporting Afghanistan’s democratic rule. India supports the Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and controlled peace process. And we are also with Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism,” Mr Ghani said.

President Ghani, who had congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his re-election in May, said that he was committed to a democratic, stable and developed Afghanistan.

“I appreciated the Prime Minister on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, not only for being a good neighbour and friend, but also for India’s strategic partnership,” the Afghan president said.

“Mr Modi said, ‘India is your second home’, and offered a formal invitation to visit. We will discuss a range of regional and international issues during this visit. I thank the Prime Minister for the invitation and will travel to India at an appropriate time,” Mr Ghani said.

India has been a key stakeholder in Afghanistan and has already spent around $3 billion in reconstruction of the war-ravaged country. India was strongly pushing for holding presidential elections in the country.