Key takeaways from Assembly elections 2018: Who said what

New Delhi: With the assembly election results declared on Tuesday, the Congress’ clear success in Chhattisgarh, and it’s challenge to throw BJP off power in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, got everyone talking about the political scenario of the country at the moment.

With BJP losing out on two strongholds (Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh), what lays ahead of the Modi government in the upcoming Prime Ministerial elections in 2019 summer, is a matter to ponder upon.

Here’s what party leaders and ministers have to say about the assembly election results declared on Tuesday.

Sachin Pilot, Congress, said, “Rahul Gandhi became party president exactly a year ago this day, so this result is a gift for him. Congress will form Govt in three states.”

Shashi Tharoor, Congress, took to Twitter to express his joy over the “wonderful news pouring in from Elections 2018. He wrote, “In the memorable words of @arunjaitley, ‘Great Day for India. No one who cheats India will go scot free.”

Rajnath Singh, BJP, said, “Nothing is yet clear from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and the political parties that are winning. But Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana.”

Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel said, “People of Chhattisgarh took the fight in their own hands. We are grateful to Rahul Gandhi, we fought for the people. We got more seats than expected, high command will decide who will be CM.”

This is a victory of democracy. BJP had a lot of money & a team of corrupt officers, they also had conspirators in their pocket. Despite all of this, the mandate given by the people in Chhattisgarh is historic,” he added.

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu said, “People recognise that BJP has done nothing in the last five years. People are with us in our fight against BJP. These five states results will help form a strong alternative to the BJP.”

“Congratulating KCR garu for winning the Assembly elections in Telangana. TDP respects the mandate of people of Telangana. Congratulations to Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao. Also, best wishes to all the newly elected public representatives of 5 states,” he added.

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena, said, “I won’t say these are victories of Congress but this is an anger of the people. Self-reflection is needed. We all were concerned about BJP’s health. We told them so but BJP didn’t learn and public gave them the indication. Nobody is with BJP now besides Akali Dal & us & we are also just doing ‘Maryada’.”

Aadil Singh Boparai, Congress spokesperson, said, “Despite the BJP’s use of muscle power, and money, despite the use of state agencies, Congress is set to win in Madhya Pradesh. This is the voice of people and this is the unprecedented anger.”

Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM chief, expressed, “I say this with all responsibility that K Chandrasekhar Rao has all capabilities and capacities to ensure that a non-Congress govt comes into existence when the next parliament election takes place and this country requires a non-Congress and a non-BJP government.”

“This nation deserves a leader like K Chandrashekar Rao and I hope that the next step which he is going to take would definitely be successful because I know for a fact that a lot of planning and studying has been gone into it and definitely I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him and ensure that in 2019 parliament elections there will be a non-Congress and non-BJP government. Secondly, the people of Telangana and the people of Hyderabad have rejected opportunistic, divisive and communal politics of both Congress and BJP,” he added.

Sanjay Kakade,  BJP, said, “I knew we’d lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, but Madhya Pradesh trends have come as a surprise. I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014. Ram Mandir, statues, name changing became focus.”

K Chandrashekar Rao, Telangana CM, said, “My only aim is to give benefits to the farmers. We will work towards the benefits of the farmers of the state. I am happy that my agenda and manifesto have been accepted by the people of the state. The youth of the state have a sadness in them that they are not getting employment opportunities. We will cover all the sections of the society in the state and work for their benefit.”

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pointed out the possible reasons for BJP’s defeat, “There are many reasons for the BJP’s defeat. They hurt the common man through moves like demonetisation, they weakened democratic institutions. All regional parties should work together. A stronger federal front will mean a stronger India. States are pillars of India. BJP’s influence reducing across the country. BJP is in a precarious position. People are just waiting for the general elections to throw out the BJP. The countdown has started. It’s the beginning of the end.”

Shama Mohamed, Congress said, “People have also shown Yogi Adityanath that his divisive politics won’t work.”

Milind Deora, Congress, said, “Three out of the five states were extremely crucial, they have had an important impact on national politics. With great humility Congress accepts the verdict. Everyone expected Rajasthan to go to Congress but no one expected Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh to go Congress’ way.”