As Congress is looking to make a comeback in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, leaders from several Opposition parties have a piece of advice for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP's ally in Maharashtra Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut said that the party needs to introspect. He 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'," he added.
On the other hand, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the BJP was nowhere in the "semi-final" ahead of the "final match" in 2019 and people were always the "man of the match" in a democracy.
"People voted against BJP. This is the people's verdict and victory of the people of this country. Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people, farmers, youth, Dalits, C, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste," she said in a series of tweets.
People voted against BJP. This is the people’s verdict and victory of the people of this country 1/3— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 11, 2018
Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people , farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste 2/3— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 11, 2018
"Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the 'man of the match' of democracy. My congrats to the winners," she tweeted.
Taking a jibe at BJP's for its performance, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said when "one and one come together, it makes 11." In a tweet, Akhilesh Yadav said, "Jab ek aur ek milkar bante hai gyaarah, tab badey bado ki satta ho jaati hai nau do gyaarah ."
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SP leader Ramgopal Yadav said that the “BJP's wrong policies have destroyed the country and this is a result of that. Any talk of an alliance will be done once the whole picture is clear.”
Ramgopal Yadav, SP: BJP's wrong policies have destroyed the country and this is a result of that. Any talk of an alliance will be done once the whole picture is clear #AssemblyElections2018 pic.twitter.com/0dmlXbyTEp— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
Former chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi said that he was happy with the trends and people wanted to oust the Raman Singh government.
Exuding confidence, AICC general secretary and Rajasthan's former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that the Congress will be able to form the government in the state with full majority. "The Congress will form the government. This is the mandate of public, which is in favour of the Congress party. We will get the clear majority and will also take along other parties or candidates who quit the BJP for us," Gehlot said, adding that, "Congress president Rahul Gandhi cornered Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in the Gujarat assembly polls. Since then they are not able to stand again. They technically won the Gujarat assembly elections but it was their defeat," he said.
Ashok Gehlot, Congress on #RajasthanElections results: Congress has won the mandate. No.s can go up & down but public's mandate is in the favour of Congress. We will get clear majority, still we would want independent candidates & parties other than BJP to support us if they want pic.twitter.com/BOuqebSkJk— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
"We are going to get a full majority. There is no question about it," Congress leader Kamal Nath said about the mandate in Madhya Pradesh.
Clearly, in denial, BJP leader Shaina NC said, "The shocker if at all is Chhattisgarh." While senior party leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Nothing is yet clear from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and the political parties that are winning.” On Telangana Rashtriya Samithi’s win in Telangana, the home minister said that the “mahagathbandhan has failed terribly.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on #AssemblyElections2018: 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 pic.twitter.com/ttONAvgGeq— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
While the Communist Party of India alleged that the TRS resorted to "huge distribution of money and liquor" to influence voters, and described the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led party's performance in the assembly polls as a "technical victory and not a moral one".