It may have taken Britain a while to accept the reality, but it finally did so, withdrawing its candidature for a sitting judge of the International Court of Justice, allowing India's Dalveer Singh Bhandari to retain his place.
"The extraordinary support from the United Nations membership is reflective of the respect for strong constitutional integrity of the Indian polity and the independence of the judiciary in India", said a senior government functionary.
"Vande Matram - India wins election to the International Court of Justice".
The US is opposed to any adjustment or expansion of the veto power enjoyed by the permanent members of the UN Security Council, but supports a modest expansion of the 15-member apex wing of the world body, a top official has said.
"We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates", Rycroft said.
"We ran a positive campaign", said the MEA official, when asked about the controversies, "This is a victory not just for India's voice but for the developing world, that backed us".
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Dasmunsi represented the Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal, which was later represented by his Deepa. Dasmunsi first became the AIFF President in 1989, succeeding K Ziauddin, and held the position for 19 years.
The official added that the USA remained opposed to any adjustment or expansion of the veto power enjoyed by the permanent members of the UN Security Council. This is also a crucial time as India fights off a case of Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav against Pakistan.
Sources here said that the lobbying began at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg in July, when Modi solicited support for Bhandari in all his interactions with foreign leaders.
The MEA explained that the Indian National Group to the Permanent Court of Arbitration had re-nominated Judge Bhandari as India's national candidate in June 2017. Sushma Swaraj made 60 calls to her counterparts around the world to garner support for India's candidate Dalveer Bhandari.
As per the letter read out simultaneously in the General Assembly and the Security Council, Rycroft said the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting. The UK was trying to invoke a mechanism of UN General Assembly and Security Council Joint Conference, which has never been used in the history of ICJ election.
Apart from the Prime Minister, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP president Amit Shah also congratulated Justice Bhandari.