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“We accept the verdict of people with humility. My best wishes to the parties that have won the elections. I take this opportunity to thank every Congress worker and leader and our allies for their effort during these elections. We will work harder till we win the confidence and trust of people."

—Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a series of tweets.

“Had a telephone conversation with Jayalalithaa ji and congratulated her on her victory. Also conveyed my best wishes to her. @AIADMKOfficial"

“Spoken to @MamataOfficial ji & congratulated her on the impressive victory. My best wishes to her as she begins her 2nd term."

“Spoke to V.S. Achuthanandan ji & wished him on his victory & his party’s impressive performance in the elections."

“Heartiest congratulations to Assam BJP karyakartas & leaders for the exceptional win. This win is historic by all standards. Phenomenal! BJP will do everything possible to fulfil dreams & aspirations of the people of Assam & take the state’s development journey to new heights."

—Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweets.

“We want to thank the people of Bengal. They are the biggest pillar of democracy: We have fought this election alone. The Opposition was united against us. People have given us a huge victory. A smear campaign was launched against us for the last two years. Several canards were spread. We are thankful to the people for rejecting the smear campaign and conspiracies."

—West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at a press conference in Kolkata after the party swept the polls in the state for the second time.

“As the chairman of UDF (United Democratic Front), I take the responsibility of this defeat. We did not expect this defeat, a major setback. We are going to discuss all aspects at party level and UDF level."

—Kerala chief minister, Oommen Chandy after the UDF lost to the Left Democratic Front in Kerala.

“Results in Assam, Kerala although disappointing for Congress are not unexpected. Surely in West Bengal we expected to do better, alliance had a strong showing in Tamil Nadu. In Puducherry, we performed well."

—Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to ANI.

“Congratulations to karyakartas & leaders of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry for their hard work leading to excellent results."

—BJP president Amit Shah.

“First of all the combination (alliance of BJP) has been liked by the people of Assam and we have rightly taken the strategy which has clicked. Particularly the other alliance partners have also worked hard. They went to the ground and motivated supporters. For so many years the people of Assam have seen Congress working again and again but saw only failure after failure. People were fed up. They want change, developement, they want good governance and a life of dignity and prestige. So this time they have chosen the BJP and its alliance partners."

Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Assam, in an interview to NDTV.

“It’s a great day for India. Finally, we’re moving towards India which doesn’t have footprints of Cong, almost anywhere in country."

—Minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal to ANI.

“Looks like will have to concede defeat in Kerala, yes responsibility will be fixed."

—Kerala Congress leader P.C. Chacko to ANI.

“Want to congratulate BJP. We have lost because of Congress party."

—All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal to ANI after the party’s loss in Assam.

“Unfortunately Tamil Nadu people want another 5 years of chaos and corruption."

Anbumani Ramadoss, leader of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), to Times Now.

“Victory in Assam will open door for BJP in 7 NE states. Congratulations Narendra Bhai, Amitji & Sonowalji."

—BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Twitter.

“Communists have lost 13% vote in West Bengal. They are becoming irrelevant and BJP is the alternative."

Prakash Javadekar, Union minister of state for environment, forests and climate change, to NDTV.

“Our aim is to defeat the BJP even if it means no victory for the Congress."

—Congress leader Mani Shankar Iyer to India Today.

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