United Nations, Nov 21: India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari has been been re-elected as Judge after Britain pulled out its candidate Christopher Greenwood.
Bhandari attained 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and clinched all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous polls took place at the UN headquarters in New York.
But after Britain decided to withdraw before the 12th round of voting, it paved a way for Indian nominee.
For 11 rounds, there were edge to edge competition between the two contestants.
However, this is the first time since the world court was built in 1945 that there will be no British judge in the ICJ.
There are five permanent members of the Security Council which includes the US, Russia, France , China and Britain.
Since, the news broke out about the Bhandari’s wishes and appreciation poured into social media.
External affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet “Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA Syed Akbaruddin. our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention”.
Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin @AkbaruddinIndia our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 21, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed India’s victory.
“Congratulations to EAM SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA and diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ. Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India”, he tweeted.