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The BJP seems to be headed for a landslide win in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and was ahead in Delhi, where debutant Aam Aadmi Party has ensured that the ruling Congress will have to settle for a poor number 3 slot if all current trends hold.

Dec 13, 2013
13:19 (IST)
Vasundhara Raje sworn in as Rajasthan Chief Minister.
Dec 13, 2013
11:25 (IST)
Vasundhara Raje will be sworn in by Rajasthan governor Magret Alva at a grand ceremony in front of the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha today. Besides the 30,000 karyakartas have been invited, the top brass of the BJP is also expected to attend. Important allies like the Badals from the SAD and Chandra Babu Naidu will also be present.

Dec 10, 2013
23:06 (IST)
BJP, AAP refuse to yield in Delhi; talk of fresh polls gets louder
The BJP is no closer to forming the government 48 hours after Delhi threw a fractured verdict.
Dec 10, 2013
23:04 (IST)
Public has expressed no-confidence against Centre: Mamata Banerjee
Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee today said the public has already expressed "no-confidence" against the Centre and there was no need for bringing a motion against it in this regard.
Dec 10, 2013
23:04 (IST)
In Delhi, talk of fresh election gets louder as BJP and Aam Aadmi Party refuse to yield
The BJP today virtually told its 31 newly-elected legislators in Delhi to prepare for fresh polls. It's been two days since election results were announced in the capital, but neither the BJP, which is the single-largest party in a hung House, nor Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which came in at number 2, have made any move towards government formation.
Dec 10, 2013
23:03 (IST)
Congress first offers unconditional support to Aam Aadmi Party, then taunts it
Congress today first indicated its willingness to back the Aam Aadmi Party to form the Delhi government but later taunted it, saying Arvind Kejriwal should join hands with BJP.
Dec 10, 2013
23:01 (IST)
After 4-0 drubbing, Congress wants rollback of 'costly' decisions ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls
Badly bruised by its humiliating defeat in the state elections, the ruling Congress believes that voters have punished it for stubborn inflation, and some of its senior leaders are demanding the urgent reversal of crucial economic reforms which have affected the price of cooking gas and fuel.
Dec 10, 2013
22:48 (IST)
Congress set to lose 2014, predicts party veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar

After the Congress was emphatically rejected by voters in state elections, party veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar has predicted that the Congress will lose the general election and should use its time in the opposition to reinvent itself.
Dec 10, 2013
22:46 (IST)
Want other good people to leave parties, join us for 2014: Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal reiterated today that there is no question of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) providing any kind of support that would allow the BJP to form the government in Delhi. Mr Kejriwal said that his colleague, Prashant Bhushan, who took a different stand on NDTV last night, was expressing his personal and not the party opinion.
Dec 10, 2013
17:48 (IST)
Prepare for fresh polls, BJP tells newly-elected Delhi legislators
The BJP's 31 newly-elected legislators in Delhi were virtually told to prepare for fresh elections by senior party leader Nitin Gadkari this morning. He said they must "think of themselves not as MLAs, but as candidates."
Dec 10, 2013
17:46 (IST)
Dec 10, 2013
15:54 (IST)
Dec 10, 2013
14:12 (IST)
BJP's Vasundhara Raje stakes claim to form government in Rajasthan
BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje today called on Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva to stake claim to form the government following her party's landslide win in the Assembly polls.

She was accompanied by the party MLA Gulabchand Kataria and two other party leaders.The meeting lasted for a few minutes, Raj Bhawan sources said.

The oath ceremony will take place on December 13.
Dec 10, 2013
14:10 (IST)
Harsh Vardhan elected BJP legislative party chief
Delhi BJP unit chief Vijay Goel said the party would not indulge in any "jod-tod" or horse trading to form the government.

The BJP won 31 seats, emerging as the single largest party. But it is short of the 36 mark in the 70-member assembly that would give it the majority and the right to form the government.
Dec 10, 2013
14:09 (IST)
Disapprove of AAP legislator's victory procession, but allegations are false: Arvind Kejriwal
Dharmender Koli from the AAP has been accused by the man he defeated, Congressman Veer Singh Dhingan, of entering his house and misbehaving with the Congress leader's wife during a victory procession on Sunday.
Dec 10, 2013
13:14 (IST)
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal: Why don't the Congress and the BJP form the government together. They have the same ideology of corruption.


Dec 10, 2013
12:59 (IST)

Dec 10, 2013
11:57 (IST)
'If BJP does those things which AAP has been formed for and it believes in, then we can think of supporting them. But Since it can never be like us, then where is the question of giving or taking support,' says AAP leader Prashant Bhushan
Dec 10, 2013
11:55 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party to support BJP? Arvind Kejriwal says no, Prashant Bhushan says maybe
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which emerged the star of last week's Delhi election, appears to be divided over its first major political decision.
Dec 10, 2013
00:06 (IST)
Congress identifies price rise, factionalism in introspection after poll debacle
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today got into a huddle with senior leaders to analyse the poll debacle which the party suffered in four out of the five states where Assembly elections were held.
Dec 10, 2013
00:05 (IST)
Prashant Bhushan says his party may extend 'issue-based' support to BJP in Delhi
Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan today said that he believes his Aam Aadmi Party or AAP may consider supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi.
Dec 10, 2013
00:04 (IST)
Mizoram polls: Congress gets two-thirds majority
Congress today got some good news in Mizoram where it powered to a two-thirds majority in the Assembly elections snapping up 27 of the 40 seats, while the opposition MNF secured four.
Dec 10, 2013
00:03 (IST)

Dec 10, 2013
00:02 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal elected AAP leader in Delhi Assembly
The new-elected legislators also decided to not stake any claim to form the government in Delhi.
Dec 10, 2013
00:02 (IST)
Assembly elections 2013: why Congress lost Chhattisgarh
After swinging all day long, the final tally had the BJP winning 49 seats and the Congress 39.
Dec 10, 2013
00:01 (IST)
How Sheila Dikshit lost the New Delhi seat
The stunning blow that the 75-year-old leader received in her constituency can be attributed to nearly 60,000 of the 1.2 lakh voters belonging to the low income groups.
Dec 09, 2013
16:48 (IST)
After Congress walloping in states, Nitish Kumar decides against alliance
The BJP may have won three states- and emerged as the largest party in Delhi - but Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says that's where the good news ends.
Dec 09, 2013
15:30 (IST)
Sheila Dikshit to NDTV:

  • No advice for Arvind Kejriwal, he is wiser than me
  • Don't think power bills were an election issue
  • We tried our best to control prices
  • Refuse to accept that Delhi government faced anti-incumbency votes
Dec 09, 2013
14:44 (IST)
BJP's march to majority in Delhi  halted by AAP,  Arun Jaitley concedes on Facebook

The BJP-Akali Dal Alliance has won 32 constituencies of Delhi. This is about six to eight seats short of our expectations. We have narrowly lost in some assembly segments. Even though we have managed to retain a large part of our traditional votes, there was some shift even in middle class localities to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Congress was no longer a serious option in Delhi. Residents of Delhi were considering which of the two alternatives to vote for - the BJP or the AAP.

The AAP may have got lesser votes and seats than the BJP. However, that is not a ground for satisfaction for the BJP. The BJP's march to comfortable majority has not been interrupted by the Congress. It has been interrupted by AAP.

The lesson of the 32 constituencies that the BJP has won clearly reveals that most candidates who were well grounded in the constituencies and appeared to be electorally acceptable have won. The lesson for the BJP of these results is that the credibility-quotient counts in an election. The image of the leadership, as also of the candidate, must inspire confidence amongst the voters. The announcement of Dr. Harsh Vardhan's name as the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate helped the BJP. Those who have a track record of serving their constituency well, have a better chance of being elected. Just getting a party nomination even in a stronghold is not enough. The days of conventional politics are now over.

Is the AAP merely a freak phenomenon? Or is it going to be a lasting experiment? The last word on this cannot be said at this moment.

This party is unconventional. It has attempted to exploit the general mood of cynicism. It has made unrealistic promises and does not want to sit in a position of responsibility where it has to walk its talk. The very suggestion of being in government to implement its policy and promises appears to be scary for this party. In a democracy, the voters vote in order to elect the government. When there are no clear majorities, the government formation is an art of the possible. The Congress Party can give the AAP outside support in order to form a government.

In power, such a party would be like a fish out of water. It is possible to make exaggerated promises, and capture the imagination of a few by making unimplementable promises. The strategy of the party is to avoid power rather than be in a position to implement the unimplementable.
Dec 09, 2013
14:41 (IST)
'We tried our best. We worked hard for 15 years. We hope for a stable government in Delhi, though we have no role': Sheila Dikshit

Dec 09, 2013
14:26 (IST)
BJP's Nitin Gadkari to NDTV on Delhi verdict:

  • We will honour the mandate of the people
  • Won't seek support or try to create support to form the government in Delhi
Dec 09, 2013
14:00 (IST)
Sonia Gandhi calls post-mortem meet as ally Sharad Pawar takes dig at 'weak leadership'
Congress president Sonia Gandhi today called her senior colleagues to discuss the party's poll debacle in four major states, as a key ally said voters had shown their anger at an "indecisive and weak leadership."
Dec 09, 2013
12:36 (IST)
LIVE updates on government formation in Delhi
The new Delhi Assembly is a hung house. The BJP, with 31 seats, and the AAP, with 28 seats say they are willing to sit in opposition. So who will form government in Delhi?

POLL: Should AAP form the government in Delhi? Or is a re-election better?
Dec 09, 2013
12:33 (IST)
For AAP, a brilliant 2013. but for 2014, the challenges are many
Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party say they will strategize for how to contest the national election next year. The challenges are formidable.
Dec 09, 2013
12:28 (IST)
Assembly election result: People don't like weak rulers, says UPA ally Sharad Pawar
The Assembly poll results in four States indicate that people want strong leaders, NCP President Sharad Pawar said as he called upon Congress and other allies to ponder over the outcome which is being seen as a reflection of anger against the UPA Government at the Centre.
Dec 09, 2013
12:28 (IST)
News Update
PM congratulates BJP's Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh for victories in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Dec 09, 2013
11:42 (IST)
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi calls for meeting of party leaders this evening after big losses in assembly elections
Dec 09, 2013
11:29 (IST)
It is BJP's mandate and responsibility to form the government in Delhi: AAP leader Yogendra Yadav
Dec 09, 2013
11:26 (IST)
It is very clear that no party has got a clear mandate to form the government in Delhi. We don't have a majority, neither does the BJP. The BJP can try to form the govt or seek others' support if they want, we will neither seek nor lend support. Circumstances suggest there could be a re-poll, if that's the case, we are ready: AAP leader Manish Sisodia
Dec 09, 2013
10:29 (IST)
Advantage Congress in Mizoram with leads in 17 seats
Dec 09, 2013
10:28 (IST)

Dec 09, 2013
10:11 (IST)
Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal meets Aam Aadmi Party leaders at his residence to decide future course of action
Dec 09, 2013
09:36 (IST)
Counting begins in Mizoram: Congress leads in 6 seats,  MNF alliance in 2
Dec 09, 2013
07:51 (IST)
Counting of votes expected to begin in Mizoram assembly elections in a few minutes
Dec 08, 2013
22:56 (IST)
Assembly election results - BJP's Super Sunday: 4-0
The BJP has won absolute majority in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and is the single-largest party though shy of a clear majority in Delhi, where Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party has ensured, in a stunning debut, that the ruling Congress stands decimated.
Dec 08, 2013
22:49 (IST)
Dec 08, 2013
22:06 (IST)
Delhi assembly gets only three women members, all belong to Aam Aadmi Party
The Delhi assembly got only three women legislators, all belonging to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), with the other 67 women candidates failing the electoral test.
Dec 08, 2013
21:41 (IST)
'The Crorepati Club': Delhi tops chart with at least 52 MLAs
When it comes to crorepati leaders winning the elections, Delhi seems to have taken the cake among the four states with at least 52 such MLAs in the 70-member strong assembly.
Dec 08, 2013
21:28 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh: All results in

Dec 08, 2013
21:19 (IST)
Jyotiraditya Scindia to NDTV:

  • Congress cadre is hugely demoralised.
  • We need to make urgent changes and start in one or two days since only six months left for elections.
  • It would make a huge difference if Rahul Gandhi is announced as the Congress's prime ministerial candidate.

Dec 08, 2013
21:08 (IST)


Arvind Kejriwal to NDTV:

  • Let Governor decide what happens in Delhi next
  • We will be a responsible opposition
  • It is a joke to suggest that we could take support from Congress
  • We don't need a character certificate from Rahul Gandhi
  • It makes no difference to me that Rahul Gandhi said Congress needs to learn from AAP
  • I feel bad sometimes when Anna Hazare criticises me in public. I want his blessings
  • So what if Prashant and I have different views on Kashmir. Individuality should be encouraged
  • I would describe my mood as being at peace with myself
  • Today history has been made and Indian politics have changed forever. We are very ordinary folk, this is people's victory
  • The victory margins you see for the AAP candidates show how angry the people were
  • BJP is trying approaching our candidates. People will try to break AAP but none of our members are going to give in
  • We don't have majority. How can we take support from the Congress
  • Rome wasn't built in a day. We have reached this far. Now we'll go on from here
  • Do you see a wave for Narendra Modi? Where is it? The BJP's vote share has gone down
  • The people of Delhi have given hope to the people of India. Only the common man can save India
  • We aren't just a party of Delhi. We have to remove corruption from the entire country
  • The democracy of India was held hostage by communal, corrupt politics of these parties. We have liberated it today
  • I don't want to become Prime Minister or Chief Minister. I am just a common man
  • The people elect their own leaders from the grassroots. Leaders don't come with appointment letters
  • The people elect their own leaders from the grassroots. Leaders don't come with appointment letters
  • The people have rejected both the BJP and the Congress in Delhi
  • Politics has taught me patience and made me inclusive as far as people and issues are concerned
  • We are not here to make careers, we have left our careers to clean up the system

Dec 08, 2013
20:52 (IST)
Narendra Modi Tweets

The Final Tally- BJP has won 408 out of 589 seats, which is near 70% of the total seats. Phenomenal! Congress shrunk - only 21% of seats.


People have spoken loud and clear! The verdict has shown yet again that people want development, not corruption & votebank politics.

This is a wonderful beginning towards success in our Mission272+ and for fulfilling the dream of a Congress Mukt Bharat.


Dec 08, 2013
20:37 (IST)
Chhattisgarh: All results in (90/90) BJP - 47 | Congress - 41 | Others - 2
 

Dec 08, 2013
20:29 (IST)
We will form government if we get support in natural process. Otherwise would like to sit in Opposition: BJP's Nitin Gadkari on Delhi poll result

Dec 08, 2013
20:13 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party's Yogendra Yadav tells NDTV:

  • If we align with the BJP and Congress, our voters will feel betrayed
  • Not embarrassed to form government if get majority. We have been given a moral mandate but not the numbers
  • Today's verdict allows us to be seen as a viable option for delhi voters in lok Sabha elections


Dec 08, 2013
20:09 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party's spectacular debut in Delhi Assembly elections: full statement
The outcome of Delhi Assembly elections heralds the arrival of a new force in Indian politics. It reaffirms the widely felt disenchantment and disgust with the ruling UPA regime.
Dec 08, 2013
20:08 (IST)
BJP's Arun Jaitley tells NDTV:

  • Vasundhara Raje's charisma and Modi effect electrified Rajasthan
  • For a party that wants to become a national party, we can't ally with Congress and BJP
  • AAP is an unconventional party which exploits cynicism against conventional politics. I'm not sure how long this lasts
  • You can't be embarrassed at the idea of being in government
  • A strong BJP will certainly have the ability to attract many more non-Congress parties as allies
  • Our victory today perhaps improves prospects of our being noticed as a force by many regional parties
Dec 08, 2013
19:42 (IST)
Delhi: All results in. BJP stops short of a clear majority
Dec 08, 2013
19:14 (IST)
Live election results - BJP's Super Sunday: 4-0
The BJP has ended up with absolute or two-thirds majority in Rajasthan and looks set to do so in Madhya Pradesh, but is likely to stop shy of a clear majority in Delhi, where the Aam Aadmi Party has ensured, in a stunning debut, that the ruling Congress stands decimated.
Dec 08, 2013
19:11 (IST)
Assembly election results: Raman Singh makes hat-trick as BJP wins Chhattisgarh
Incumbent Chief Minister Raman Singh won a third straight victory on a day that saw an intense see-saw between the ruling BJP and the rival Congress.
Dec 08, 2013
18:56 (IST)
BJP takes Chhattisgarh: Humbly accept defeat, congratulate Raman Singh, says Congress' Ajit Jogi
Dec 08, 2013
18:54 (IST)
BJP takes Chhattisgarh. Congress's Ajit Jogi says,"I humbly accept defeat, congratulate Raman Singh."
Dec 08, 2013
18:45 (IST)
BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi Tweets

Hats off to Arvind Kejriwal.Like Namo he has changed the political course of this country.Many things to learn from his style of politcs.

Dec 08, 2013
18:44 (IST)
Have learnt lesson from AAP: Rahul Gandhi
After a humiliating defeat in four of the five states that have just voted, Rahul Gandhi, who led the Congress party's campaign, told reporters, "The people have sent us a clear message. We have heard it...not just in our minds but in our hearts."   (Read more)


Dec 08, 2013
18:28 (IST)

Dec 08, 2013
18:21 (IST)
Harsh Vardhan celebrates as BJP emerges as the single-largest party in Delhi
Dec 08, 2013
18:13 (IST)

Dec 08, 2013
18:09 (IST)
We will form governments in four states: BJP chief Rajnath Singh
BJP will form governments in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, its chief Rajnath Singh said today.
Dec 08, 2013
17:58 (IST)


After historic debut in Delhi polls, Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal addresses media:

  • Politics will no longer be hostage to communalism, corruption
  • The results in the Delhi polls are historic in many ways
  • So far, politics was limited to BJP, Congress and some other parties and subject to their corruption and whims
  • The people had no options
  • So the people decided to fight elections directly
  • The common man stood for elections
  • This is not a win for the AAP, this a win for the people of India
  • This is an indication that if the Congress, BJP don't change, they will be removed
  • For the first time, a party put up estimates of its costs on its website
  • We said we only want 20 crores and stopped taking donations when that happened
  • When there were allegations against a candidate, we disqualified him
  • This shows that we can win in politics with honesty
  • So far, we used to oppose
  • Now, the people who have been elected, I request those who have been elected to serve their constituents like they would like to be served
  • Congratulate Harsh Vardhan on getting the seats they have
  • Not a personal battle against Sheila Dikshit, it was a battle of issues... we oppose inflation and corruption
  • So far, elections were fought by paid workers
  • But now, volunteers left their jobs, took vacations, closed their shops and common people rose to fight the elections
  • I thank the families of those who put up with hardships
  • Thank the people of Delhi for allowing this honest politics to happen... now this honest politics will happen in the country
  • I apologise if I have hurt anyone




Dec 08, 2013
17:44 (IST)
Arun Jaitley to NDTV:
  • Since the creation of Chhattisgarh, we have been doing exceedingly well.
  • The Delhi result clearly indicates it is a case of shared anti-incumbency.
  • Narendra Modi energised the cadre, his rallies were well attended, and in one sense, at the national level, he led the campaign.
  • After this conclusive 4-0 verdict, the UPA is a lame duck government.
  • It was crippled for a long time. It will now get much worse.

Dec 08, 2013
17:40 (IST)

Dec 08, 2013
17:36 (IST)
Narendra Modi Tweets

The total number of seats Congress has won in all the four states today cannot even match the seats @BJP4India won in 1 state!

Dec 08, 2013
17:20 (IST)
Have heard people's message, Congress will transform, says Rahul Gandhi
After a humiliating defeat in four of the five states that have just voted, Rahul Gandhi, who led the Congress party's campaign, told reporters, "The people have sent us a clear message. We have heard it...not just in our minds but in our hearts."
Dec 08, 2013
17:18 (IST)
Narendra Modi flashes a victory sign, along with LK Advani at BJP headquarters in Delhi.
Dec 08, 2013
17:17 (IST)
Anand Mahindra Tweets
AAP's dramatic debut shows we want desperately to be idealistic & not cynical.That honesty isn't just the best policy but the best politics.
Dec 08, 2013
17:14 (IST)
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tweets

भाजपा-मोदीकासंदेश, "आजचारप्रदेश - कलपूरादेश।"

Dec 08, 2013
17:07 (IST)
BJP President Rajnath Singh addresses the media:

  • Want to congratulate all the CM candidates
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh, Vasundhara Raje, Harsh Vardhan
  • Also congratulate the grass roots workers of the BJP and the provincial leaderships as well
  • We delivered good governance in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh
  • The people have given their approval for BJP rule
  • The election results in MP, Chhattisgarh shows that there was pro-incumbency, not anti-incumbency
  • Results show that the Congress has been completely rejected
  • Congress used to say that Rajasthan is the model for development, but the Congress suffered a bad loss
  • So the people have said that if any party can deliver good governance, it is the BJP
  • We have returned to power in states we ruled with larger seat share
  • In Delhi, BJP is the single largest party... the results will be clear in a few hours
  • We have won in approximately 69 per cent of all assembly seats polled
  • No one can deny that we have benefitted greatly from our PM candidate Narendra Modi
  • Shivraj Chouhan will take on a third term as Madhya Pradesh CM
  • I want to clarify that the BJP will form governments in all four states



Dec 08, 2013
17:01 (IST)
Rahul Gandhi addresses the media:

  • People have sent us a message through this elections
  • My party and me have heard this message with our hearts
  • Congress has the ability to transform itself
  • It has the ability to live up to the expectations of the people
  • We are going to do whatever we can as individuals and as a party to live up to people's expectations
  • Political parties are not giving adequate to voice of people on the street
  • I am going to put all my effort into transforming the Congress party
  • To give you an organisation that you are proud of and has your voice embedded
  • I think the Aam Aadmi had involved a lot of people that the traditional parties did not involve
  • Will do a better job than anyone else at involving people
  • (On Narendra Modi) Modi is a leader of the BJP
  • The Congress has a perspective of the country, the BJP has another
  • Our job is to push our perspective, theirs is to push their perspective
  • That is the focus of the Congress
  • Will focus on how we can use the youth of the country to transform the country
  • The BJP will focus on what they want to... this is what we will focus on


Dec 08, 2013
17:00 (IST)
Sonia Gandhi addresses media:

  • Congratulate our opponents for winning the elections
  • Want to thank all our workers, they worked very hard
  • This result calls for deep introspection
  • We have to look at the many reasons for this defeat
  • Have to see how we didn't take our message to the people
  • Have to see if our party is equipped or not for running the elections

Dec 08, 2013
16:36 (IST)
Results + Leads at 4:30 pm
Dec 08, 2013
16:34 (IST)
On Twitter, Omar Abdullah signs out for the day

I'm gonna sign off for the day now. If any of my tweets offended anyone remember my phone was stolen & the thief tweeted to embarrass me ;-)

Dec 08, 2013
16:32 (IST)
News Update
Delhi polls: Aam Aadmi Party's Somnath Bharti defeat Congress's Kiran Walia and BJP's Arti Mehra from Malviya Nagar
Dec 08, 2013
16:11 (IST)
Kapil Sibal Tweets
Congratulations to all the winners in Delhi, MP, Chhatisgarh, and Rajasthan. For the rest, time to introspect.