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2016 Assembly Election Results: West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry

2016 Assembly Election Results: West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry
It's a big day for J Jayalalitha and Mamata Banerjee - both keep their states. Assembly election results for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry today.
May 19, 2016 21:58 (IST)
I will be grateful to Mr Arun Jaitley if he restores the special status of Assam: Tarun Gogoi to NDTV.
May 19, 2016 21:55 (IST)
I will not go on a holiday. I enjoy fighting for the people of Assam. I will go on fighting whenever I see any injustice: Tarun Gogoi.

May 19, 2016 21:54 (IST)
Honestly I do not know who our main Opposition today is. You cannot have a regional party anchoring a national alliance. That has had disastrous results in the past. I think the situation is very hazy, it is up to the Congress to put its house in order: Arun Jaitley to NDTV
May 19, 2016 21:50 (IST)
Himanta was with me during Lok Sabha elections but we still lost. So he was not the only factor this time. Senior BJP leaders visited our state 200 times in last 2 years.We perhaps had some deficiencies: Congress' Tarun Gogoi (right)

I think if you look at the growth of the BJP from North India to the West. One important milestone was 2008, winning Karnataka. Next we wanted to start making the Kerala elections tripolar. In Assam, our electoral policy worked and made a difference: BJP's Arun Jaitley (left)

May 19, 2016 21:45 (IST)
No, I did not give up. I fought like a lion, I tried by best, yes I failed but that's the verdict of the people of Assam: Tarun Gogoi on defeat in Assam.
May 19, 2016 21:44 (IST)
360 Degree View Of NDTV's Studios During Election Results Analysis
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May 19, 2016 21:41 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee's top aide Derek O'Brien praises NDTV for showcasing Kolkata so beautifully on the show from the banks of Hoogly river and a beautifully lit Howrah bridge in the background. Was very proud to see my city like that.
May 19, 2016 21:37 (IST)
I'll promise you one thing. When you are a team led by a captain (Mamata Banerjee) who is used to victories. You will be gracious in your victory: Derek O'Brien.
May 19, 2016 21:34 (IST)
We are not shocked with the results, some others may be. We prefer to underplay. It's a little early to talk about a federal front. But people called from all over to wish Mamata di: Trinamool's Derek O'Brien to NDTV.
May 19, 2016 21:25 (IST)
People seem to have the Amma brand. We call them freebies, they call them welfare schemes. AIADMK has such committed cadres, they are almost walk-talking advertisements: Uma Sudhir.

May 19, 2016 21:20 (IST)
The BJP does have RSS behind them. They are the real ideological bosses: Arati R Jerath.
May 19, 2016 21:19 (IST)
BJP is encompassing all. We don't discriminate. Live and let live is the BJP's ethos. We believe in positive secularism: BJP's Prakash Javadekar.

May 19, 2016 21:11 (IST)
The results have been disappointing but not unexpected. We have been in Assam for 3 terms, people were looking for an alternative, they accepted BJP. In Kerala, there was a cyclical term. In Bengal, we tried an experiment that did not work. We don't need to throw the baby with the bathwater: Congress' Manish Tewari to NDTV.
May 19, 2016 21:08 (IST)
My problem is that BJP does not understand the culture of Bengal. In Bengal there is a synthesis of culture, religion, which the BJP does not understand.Their own party's president said some insulting things about girl students: Amit Mitra to NDTV
May 19, 2016 21:04 (IST)
Prannoy Roy: Are we gonna see Mamata Banerjee as PM one day?

Amit Mitra: Mamata Banerjee has never said she wants to be PM, she is very humble but she can have a serious role if such a matrix does evolve.
May 19, 2016 21:03 (IST)
The CPM is a declining number so they are not an opponent. Congress did get some votes but mainly from Left supporters. The BJP, with a declining vote share, is not a factor. We will oppose issues which are not good for the country tooth and nail: Amit Mitra
May 19, 2016 20:56 (IST)
We have built the foundation of social and physical infrastructure in step one: Trinamool's Amit Mitra. (Amit Mitra retained the Khardaha seat in North 24 Parganas district wining by a margin of 21,200 votes)

May 19, 2016 20:53 (IST)

May 19, 2016 20:51 (IST)
Prannoy Roy: What now?

Himanta Biswa Sarma: Getting Bangladeshis on a train and deporting them is not something we can do. But at least we can delist them, take them off voting lists. We can give constitutional safeguards to the indigenous population.

May 19, 2016 20:48 (IST)
We have to be secular because PM has said SSSV.  But I am against Bangladeshi infiltration. All indigenous Hindu, Muslim, Bodos has supported our stand. BJP has not fought the election on religious basis: Himanta Biswa Sarma
May 19, 2016 20:45 (IST)
Prannoy Roy: Did you desert a sinking ship by leaving the Congress?

Himanta Biswa Sarma: I will not describe the Congress as a sinking ship or solid ship. But I did not leave the Congress with joy, I tried my best and then left with a heavy heart.  

May 19, 2016 20:44 (IST)
The people of Assam have given a massive mandate. We won because of PM Modi and blessings of people of Assam: Himanta Biswa Sarma on Assam election results.

May 19, 2016 20:41 (IST)
For Amma it has been a validation of what she has done over the last five years. I think Jayalalithaa's inaccessibility is a little overblown by the media. She is there in every welfare scheme: K Pandiarajan, AIADMK

May 19, 2016 20:38 (IST)
On Jayalalithaa's Big Win
Clearly Amma's performance and Amma's promises helped us win. The freebies as they are called, they are all welfare directed. This was the single most important reason for the victory: K Pandiarajan
May 19, 2016 20:34 (IST)
Where has Mr Modi come from? He worked as a local leader, led a state, kept winning the state and then was projected as the PM. So he deserves the national perspective: Nalin Kohli

May 19, 2016 20:30 (IST)
The agenda of governance is derived by what the PM has said which is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas: Nalin Kohli
May 19, 2016 20:30 (IST)
If we have made a mistake, today we have shown, that we have done introspection, made amends and projected local leaders: Babul Supriyo
May 19, 2016 20:28 (IST)
He (Shashi Tharoor) often makes some very pertinent points and gets scolded by the Congress because he makes logical statements. The country has rejected Congress as party which is mindless: Babul Supriyo
May 19, 2016 20:25 (IST)

May 19, 2016 20:25 (IST)
In Assam there was definitely the 15-year anti-incumbency and a few mistakes in good faith. I knew the alliance in Bengal was not going to work. As for Kerala it was a genuine surprise because there was five years of development: Shashi Tharoor

May 19, 2016 20:23 (IST)
(What needs to be done now?)
The Congress has been an asset as recent as the Bihar elections, keeping together the Grand Alliance like glue: Shashi Tharoor
May 19, 2016 20:20 (IST)
I think we won because of Mamata Banerjee's development work. Their alliance was never going to work. Zero plus zero is still zero. People still remember beaten up by the Left, says Mahua Maitra, TMC candidate who won.
May 19, 2016 20:19 (IST)
A lot of people in the Trinamool did not expect such a huge victory. There has been a swing in Mamata Banerjee's favour, it has been a positive vote for her: Monideepa Banerjie
May 19, 2016 20:15 (IST)
In Kerala BJP had a swing of 9%, in Bengal they went up to 11% of the vote share. This is significant: Prannoy Roy
May 19, 2016 20:14 (IST)
The Congress has to admit it has a problem, but in statements so far they are not willing to do so. They are making up excuses for their losses: Siddharth Varadarajan

May 19, 2016 20:12 (IST)
Jayalalithaa is now so vulnerable. She is a transactional politician: Shekhar Gupta
May 19, 2016 20:06 (IST)
This election was just another building block for the 2019 election .The big elections are coming next year - UP, Punjab, Gujarat. So we shouldn't draw any conclusions right now but you can see the trends: Arati R Jerath, Political commentator.

May 19, 2016 20:04 (IST)
Someone said to me, the Congress party does not stand a chance. He said they were living in denial. And De Nile is not just a river in Egypt.
May 19, 2016 20:03 (IST)
Prannoy Roy's Live Analysis of Election Results 2016

Are these victories just what the BJP needed after setbacks in Bihar and Delhi? Is this the end of the Congress: Prannoy Roy
May 19, 2016 19:20 (IST)
ICYMI, this:

May 19, 2016 19:16 (IST)
Welcomed by a shower of rose petals

May 19, 2016 19:03 (IST)
At BJP HQ, PM Modi was greeted with a traditional Assamese hat and a gamucha, the distinctive red and white woven scarf

May 19, 2016 18:55 (IST)
We will relentlessly keep working for the aspirations of the common man. I want to congratulate Amit Shah, Assam leadership and their team: PM Modi

May 19, 2016 18:53 (IST)
The election has made it clear that changes BJP is bringing to the lives of common people are being accepted and supported. BJP is fast gaining acceptance across the country, this is great for democracy: PM Modi at BJP HQ
May 19, 2016 18:50 (IST)
For many, the BJP forming a government in Assam is as surprising as the BJP being part of the government in Jammu & Kashmir: PM Modi

May 19, 2016 18:49 (IST)
I want to thank the voters of the five states with all my heart. They have shown their faith in the BJP: PM Modi
May 19, 2016 18:45 (IST)
PM Modi arrives at BJP HQ, addresses party workers

May 19, 2016 18:43 (IST)
Waiting for PM Modi

May 19, 2016 18:42 (IST)
A BJP Parliamentary Board meeting is scheduled:

May 19, 2016 18:38 (IST)
I think we should not talk a lot today. Our vision document is based on teamwork and participative dialogue: Assam's next chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal

May 19, 2016 18:36 (IST)
From Didi's album:

May 19, 2016 18:32 (IST)

May 19, 2016 18:25 (IST)
It is Mamata Banerjee's hard work that paid off, she addressed 166 rallies herself: Saugata Roy to NDTV
May 19, 2016 18:24 (IST)
PM Modi called us 'Terror, Maut and Corruption,' the Kolkata flyover was made an issue. We faced the most scurrilous attacks faced by any party in many years: TMC's Saugata Roy to NDTV
May 19, 2016 18:18 (IST)
Assam - results for all 126 seats are out

May 19, 2016 18:16 (IST)
Personally, I have learnt lessons from defeats like in Delhi. One mistake can cost you an election. If you look at our campaign, we made sure we did not make any blunders. You cannot compare Assam to Bihar or Delhi: Ram Madhav to NDTV
May 19, 2016 18:14 (IST)
Congress has not learnt any lessons from the 2014 defeat. People don't want to accept them in the present shape or form. Congress has been rejected in Assam, Kerala, even in Bengal where they tried to piggyback: Ram Madhav to NDTV
May 19, 2016 18:12 (IST)
Tackling infiltrators will be handled by the state and Centre together. Sealing borders will be done by the Centre. Once that is done, we have to prevent an efforts to break the fencing: Ram Madhav to NDTV
May 19, 2016 18:11 (IST)
It is a stupendous victory. We want to dedicate it to Ma Kamakhya and the River Brahmaputra:
BJP's Ram Madhav on the Assam verdict

May 19, 2016 17:59 (IST)
BJP workers in Assam celebrate with music and dance

May 19, 2016 17:45 (IST)
Fireworks held aloft at the BJP office in Guwahati

May 19, 2016 17:41 (IST)
Tamil Nadu results at this hour:

May 19, 2016 17:39 (IST)
West Bengal results at this hour:

May 19, 2016 17:35 (IST)
BJP and CPM workers clash with police in Kannur, Kerala. Tear gas shells were thrown, a country-made bomb was hurled. One person has died

May 19, 2016 17:33 (IST)

May 19, 2016 17:32 (IST)
Possibly the image of the day - flowers and full-length prostration in front of Jayalalithaa:

May 19, 2016 17:28 (IST)
Didi has a lot of tweet-thanking to do:

May 19, 2016 17:21 (IST)
In Assam, Guwahati welcomes chief minister-presumptive Sarbananda Sonowal

May 19, 2016 17:14 (IST)
Lal salaam in Kerala, with a little help from Che Guevara

May 19, 2016 17:11 (IST)
A very cinematic shot of people reaching out to Didi

May 19, 2016 17:06 (IST)
Forgot to tweet, said Derek O'Brien. He was otherwise occupied:

May 19, 2016 17:02 (IST)
Political rookie Sreesanth lost his first election but he scored a selfie with O Rajagopal, the BJP's first MLA in Kerala

May 19, 2016 16:53 (IST)
Not only is victory sweet, it's also distracting:

May 19, 2016 16:51 (IST)
Victory is sweet. Mithai for Jayalalithaa's supporters in Chennai

May 19, 2016 16:49 (IST)
Meanwhile, it's awesome mausam in Mamata's city

May 19, 2016 16:35 (IST)
Red flags to celebrate Left win in Kerala

May 19, 2016 16:34 (IST)
Celebrations outside Thiruvananthapuram CPM office

May 19, 2016 16:32 (IST)
We salute the cadre of the Left Front who withstood terror and intimidation during the election process. This time there were deaths during polling, even on counting day. We will counter this politics of terror: Sitaram Yechury
May 19, 2016 16:30 (IST)
We respect the verdict of the people of Bengal. We will examine results and tactics that were adopted in order to draw proper lessons: Sitaram Yechury

May 19, 2016 16:27 (IST)
Sitaram Yechury will be in Kerala tomorrow to meet state committee and select a chief minister

May 19, 2016 16:22 (IST)
NDTV's Sunetra Choudhury had this conversation with a woman cop in Bengal:

May 19, 2016 16:16 (IST)
Vijayakanth, leading the first-ever third front in Tamil Nadu, loses

May 19, 2016 16:03 (IST)
Euphoria for BJP workers in Assam

May 19, 2016 16:03 (IST)
A victory dance at the Guwahati helipad where BJP's Sarbananda Sonowal will arrive in a while
May 19, 2016 15:56 (IST)
NDTV on the ground:

May 19, 2016 15:47 (IST)
Wish the best to Jayalalithaa and Mamata for their victories: Amit Shah to NDTV
May 19, 2016 15:46 (IST)
We have fulfilled our promise of a corruption-free government, taken India's politics towards development and increased its stature internationally: Amit Shah to NDTV

May 19, 2016 15:43 (IST)

May 19, 2016 15:42 (IST)

May 19, 2016 15:39 (IST)
BJP is committed to progress in Assam and will make it a developed state: Amit Shah to NDTV
May 19, 2016 15:37 (IST)
People who paralysed Parliament have been shown their place. India has taken two steps closer to Congress-mukt Bharat: Amit Shah to NDTV
May 19, 2016 15:36 (IST)
These results are a stamp of approval on Narendra Modi's performance over the two years. It is a victory for politics of development: Amit Shah to NDTV
May 19, 2016 15:35 (IST)
It is a matter of great joy for BJP that it has performed well in all 5 states. BJP's foundations have been strengthened by these victories: Amit Shah to NDTV

May 19, 2016 15:23 (IST)
Didi thanks Dada

May 19, 2016 15:22 (IST)
Dada wishes Didi

May 19, 2016 15:20 (IST)
BJP's win in Assam reverberates in Delhi. Musicians at HQ

May 19, 2016 15:14 (IST)
This apparently happened:

May 19, 2016 15:10 (IST)
A green-letter day for Didi and her supporters in Bengal

May 19, 2016 14:55 (IST)
Revels on the rain-washed streets of Kolkata

May 19, 2016 14:54 (IST)
A Jaya supporter greets her with flowers and touches her feet: