Election Results: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted defeat in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference today after poll trends indicated massive gains for his party in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. He thanked the workers of the party and launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party, the BJP. He said PM Modi hadn't delivered on the promises that he made before coming to power. After winning the polls in Telangana, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao has said that he would work towards solving the issues faced by the farmers in the state.Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has accepted his party's defeat and has sent his resignation to the governor. He said his party will now play the role of a constructive opposition. The Mizo National Front or MNF has got majority in Mizoram, the Election Commission informed. It was the last Congress stronghold in the northeast. The Congress has started sending overtures to form the government in Rajasthan. The party is leading in the state and its Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot has said that he is in contact with "like-minded" people. The party has taken a big lead in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, but is engaged in a close contest with the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. Mr Pilot, who is confident of getting a majority in Rajasthan, claimed today that the mandate was against the BJP because they were arrogant. Another Congress leader Ashok Gehlot lauded party president Rahul Gandhi's leadership. The final results will be announced in the evening. In Mizoram, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla lost elections in both the constituencies he was contesting from. In Telangana, KCR's supporters have started celebrating the imminent win. His daughter K Kavitha said his hard work had paid off. "We are seeing the response of the people. The hard work in four and a half years has paid off," said Ms Kavitha. "Nobody knows Telangana like KCR," she said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reacted to the poll trends, saying demonetisation was among the many reasons behind the BJP's defeat.
Here are the highlights on Election Results 2018:
- We accept the people's mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people.
- Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR Garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram.
- The family of BJP Karyakartas (workers) worked day and night for the state elections. I salute them for their hardwork. Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today's results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India.
- The 2019 election will be an election around the central government and the leadership of PM Modi, and the issue will be, will we want tried and tested sound governance or an alliance without any ideology.
- I am quite determined our cadres will introspect on the outcome and the tide will turn the other way.
- No election depends on an individual. An election depends on several factors.
- If you see Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, you will see we are fraction of a percent ahead in popular vote in MP and behind in Rajasthan.
- In Madhya Pradesh, the final jury is still out. We will wait for the last vote to be counted.
- Of course we got less seats than we expected. We did not anticipate the Chhattisgarh gap will be so large.
- Rahul Gandhi is trying to take all age groups together. People who have worked for 30-40 years, their experience needs to be taken along.
- The work is only half done. The real challenge will come 4 months later. And we are fully prepared to give the BJP a defeat.
- There are no gaps - age gaps, mind gaps. We have worked for years in public life and we know how to work collectively no matter what propaganda BJP puts out. It bothered the BJP that there were no cold wars. We have to put out energies together.
- We are meeting tomorrow to decide who does what job. All of us worked together and the credit goes to everybody.
- Our win is a clear win, there are no ifs and buts about it. Its important to remember where the BJP was five years ago. They threw all their weight.
- There has to be a meeting of minds between academics and companies to train people in the right way and make them employable.
- There is a lot of backlog and vacancies that have not been fulfilled (on Congress' plan to create jobs).
- And if we can give companies an ecosystem, they will create jobs here.
- Rajasthan is a state where a lot of attention needs to be given to job creation.
- It is a victory of the people of Rajasthan, they voted against politics of hate.
- I think it's a clear mandate in favour of the Congress party in all three states.
- I hope that measures we took will be taken forward by the next government.
- I want to assure the people that we will be their voice in the Vidhan Sabha.
- I want to thank the party workers and leaders who worked tirelessly.
- I also want to thank the PM, the national president, our central leadership, our state president and party workers.
- And that is a lesson Narendra Modi has taught me - about what not to do. He had huge opportunity but he refused to listen to the heartbeat of the country. He refused to listen to the youth, the farmers and a certain arrogance crept in.
- I was speaking to my mother yesterday, and told her the absolute best thing for me was the 2014 election. I have learnt a lot about elections, how to think about things, I have learnt a lot about humility and that the most important thing about the country is how its people feel... and that is how you should work.
- By all accounts the PM and the BJP have failed to give India a vision for the 21st century - 2019, 2025 etc.
- We will work on giving a new vision for the country, we have done it before like with the Green Revolution.
- We will work with the opposition. There are three issues in front of the country today
-How India will give job to its young
-Corruption - and I repeat here demo is a scam, Rafael is a scam
- BJP has an ideology, we will fight against it and defeat them. But we do not want to make India 'mukt' (Free)of anyone. If we don't agree with somebody, we will fight them not try to obliterate them.
- I did not use any objectionable language. The youth of country elected the PM to work. They want the economic structure of the country to be revived. And the Prime Minister is paralysed, he is not able to respond to the pressure of the opposition.
- If the people of the country are uncomfortable with EVMs, then that issue has to be addressed. Yes, we have won the elections but the central issue of EVMs, still remains.
- Opposition is united and will fight together
- Chief Minister candidate is not an issue, the party will take a decision
- I would have preferred a better result in Telangana... but okay.
- Central issues will be employment and farmers. And it is not just an issue of MP but of the entire country.
- We have to think about it and give a new vision to the country.
- It is going to be very difficult for the PM and the BJP to win the elections
- There is a feeling throughout the country that what Mr Modi committed, he couldn't deliver.
- There are serious questions being asked about the future of our youngsters. The central question is how does the government plans to give jobs to millions and millions of youngsters.
- The employment that the PM promised to the young people, has not happened.
- Promise of jobs for youths has not been fulfilled.
- There have been BJP chief ministers in these states. I would like to thank them for their work for their states.
- I would like to thank all the people who supported the Congress party in the states that we have won and in the states we have lost.
- I want to congratulate the public and Congress workers for the win.
- This win is of farmers, shopkeepers, Congress workers.
- People are judging the performance of the incumbent government in these elections. There was a vote for change in all three states.
- BJP tried their best to obfuscate and vitiate the atmosphere and it did not work.
- If you consider the gap we had to fill in Rajasthan, it's a great result. Same in Madhya Pradesh.
- There were many things going for the BJP - money power, organizational capability, they have sitting chief ministers who have given out huge doles.
- So with all those things considered, it's a great result for the Congress.
- Winning an election is the first step, the real issues are of the people.
- With the victory in the Hindi heartland now, the tide will turn.
- This is the first time that decisions taken at the national level have affected the local elections. For example demonetization, which has harmed all strata of society.
- Irrespective of Narendra Modi's popularity, the price of fuel, the price of produce a farmer gets, matters more.
- You must give credit to Rahul Gandhi. He's worked tirelessly and connected with the marginalized.
- But elections aren't won by one person even though Rahul Gandhi's contribution has been significant.
- I take the moral responsibility for the party's defeat.
- We will play the role of a constructive opposition.
- We will discuss within the party the reasons for the defeat.
- Even if I work all my life I will not be able to repay the love and support I have received from the people of Chhattisgarh.
- Three out of the five states were extremely crucial states, 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.
- Madhya Pradesh is too close to call, but of course we are not happy with what we are seeing
- We have to go back to the drawing board, that is something we do very effectively.
- We thought we were going to win Chhattisgarh hands down.
- 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.
- There are many reasons for the BJP's defeat. They hurt the common man through moves like demonetization, 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.
@digvijaya_28 speaks to @ndtv says- Amitoj Singh (@JohnnyAmitoj) December 11, 2018
- Insist we will win 126+ seats in MP
- Not going to say who will be CM I'm not part of legislative committee
- HC to decide CM
- No senior, junior in Politics (suggesting Kamal won't be CM just cause he is senior) #ResultsWithNDTVpic.twitter.com/u2By5H0LcT
- Salute to all the workers.
- Politics is the art of making the impossible possible.
- The spillover of Chhattisgarh has worked in Khammam but it hasn't happened in rest of the state (Telangana).
- We were confident that we were going to win at least four of the five states. But we won't be disappointed (if Congress wins 2 states), we are grateful to the voters.
In #Telangana, the victory by the largest margin has been scored by @trsharish by over 1.18 lakh votes. His 6th straight win from #Siddipet. Incidentally, this seat has been held by #KCR first and then Harish since 1985. #ResultsWithNDTVpic.twitter.com/HB9wXURbx6- Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) December 11, 2018
So of the 20 independents in Rajasthan:- Sonal MehrotraKapoor (@Sonal_MK) December 11, 2018
7 from the Gehlot camp- were denied tickets and now have won
2 from BJP's rebel party- Ghanshyam Tewari's new outfit, Bharat Vahini
4 from Jat leader- Hanuman Benewal, another BJP rebel.
Crowds waiting outside the MIM office to hear @asadowaisi, who is expecting to win 8 seats. Before meeting KCR yesterday, Owaisi had spoken of formation of a KCR's govt as 'first step towards larger goal of nation building'. #ResultsWithNdtv#Telangana@ndtvpic.twitter.com/cFz4D8jkEg- Sneha Koshy (@SnehaMKoshy) December 11, 2018
- BJP has put all its might but the people of Rajasthan have given a clear verdict.
- We are all set to form the government.
- The people of Rajasthan have outright rejected the BJP.
- Most of the ministers of the BJP are losing and the Congress is heading towards a clear majority.
- The mandate is against the BJP because they were arrogant.
- Even though we are certain we will have the numbers by ourselves but I would like to reach out to other like-minded parties and leaders to form the government.
- The way Rahul Gandhi had led the campaign in Gujarat, taking on Narendra Modi on his home turf, spoke a lot. What you see here in these states, especially in Rajasthan, is the good work carried forward from that time.
- This is a clear indication of things to come in 2019. The BJP had made tall promises, but could not fulfil them. The achhe din (good days) they spoke about never came.
- They (BJP) haven't taken the opposition into consideration. They haven't taken partners along. The Congress on the other hand has done much better on that front.
- Modi-ji has forgotten that the Congress has many more years of experience.
- It's clear the Congress is about to form the government with complete majority in Rajasthan. But, from the reports we are getting, we seem to be heading to form government in all the three states.
- Today's day is a significant day. Rahul Gandhi became president of the party exactly one year ago.
- The BJP has been losing for a while now and that has continued today. People's anger against the BJP is evident.
- Our lead will increase as more results come in.
- The Congress is in a comfortable position in all three states.
"We (BJP) knew it was going to be close because of some announcements that the Congress made in the last week of the election. Those seem to have gained traction"
#Telangana CM son and IT minister @KTRTRS updated his profile pic ahead of results. Early trends suggest #TRS may have hit bull's eye with its decision to go in for polls ahead of schedule. As of now TRS at 82, PF at 15. #ElectionsWithNDTVpic.twitter.com/hBF1OijZDQ- Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) December 11, 2018
Outside #Telangana CM's camp office , barricades and police presence. But these young working men say, local issues were hardly the main concern for any political party towards the last stage of campaigning. #mojo#ResultsWithNdtv@ndtvpic.twitter.com/wGhTtsVkBK- Sneha Koshy (@SnehaMKoshy) December 11, 2018