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"Didi beats dada.......Amma beats Anna", "Mamata Express derails Left", from the downright funny to serious musings, people expressed their views on the electoral verdict on Facebook and Twitter, and also in comments.

delhi Updated: May 13, 2011 21:28 IST

"Didi beats dada.......Amma beats Anna", from the downright funny to serious musings, people expressed their views on the electoral verdict on Facebook and Twitter, and also in comments.

"The traffic light in Bengal which was red for 34 years just turned green", said Shashi Tharoor, Congress's Thiruvananthapuram MP, in a tweet on micro blogging site Twitter, after Mamata Banerjee's thumping victory in the West Bengal assembly polls.

"Mamata Express derails Left", tweeted Arun Kumar, referring to Banerjee's railway portfolio, while 23 year old Ankita Saxena wrote on her Facebook page: "Didi beats Dada.......Amma beats Anna."

Similar reactions on the results of the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Assam and West Bengal, flooded the virtual world on Friday morning, as counting of the votes progressed.

While a majority of the messages hailed the prospect of two new women chief ministers - Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal and J. Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu - some Left supporters were obviously upset at losing their bastions of West Bengal and Kerala and expressed doubts about Banerjee's capabilities.

"Friday the 13th... Bengal comes under rule of horror" wrote Prayanjali Bose on her Facebook page, while journalism student Raman Sharma tweeted, "She destroyed Railways will annihilate Bengal too."

Reacting to the AIADMK's win in Tamil Nadu, N Gopalswami, a former chief election commissioner, said, "This was bound to happen as the 2G scam has played an important role in the election results."

Commenting on the Kerala results, many agreed that chief minister VS Achuthanandan, who is 87 years old, helped the Left give a tough fight to the Congress-led United Democratic Front.

“The Achuthanandan factor, to some extent, helped the Left front in winning many seats like Calicut where the Left has got a clear majority,” said Nikhil Radhakrishnan, a mediaperson.

“The allegations of corruption against some of the Congress as well as Left leaders have dented their image. Hence the competition was very close between the two parties with no clear winner," he added.

Agreed retired headmistress Soudamini, "Unlike other states, it was a neck to neck race in Kerala as the LDF lost just by four seats. The UDF will not enjoy a smooth ride as they don't have a clear majority... Small parties can always jump from one camp to another.”

However, she praised Achuthanandan's leadership and credited him with for working for the poor.

"The LDF always favoured people belonging to the lower strata of the community. I do agree that there were some corrupt leaders in the party, but VS Achuthanandan's strong leadership helped the party win in many assembly constituencies."

Arunima Bora, a home maker from Assam opined that though the state government was not free of corruption, but at least it got the work done.

“It's not that the Congress is clean of corruption, but it's also a fact that they have done some good work, especially in the field of health,” said Bora, adding that the state was largely peaceful because of the efforts of the Tarun Gogoi government, which has won a record third time.

“So, we are happy that they have come back to power,” added Bora.