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Verdict 2009: Who said what?

Verdict 2009: Political reactions

india Updated: May 16, 2009 18:25 IST

Sonia-GandhiSonia Gandhi:

"The victory is a reward for good work, I Thank people for reposing faith in us...people of India have voted with clarity".

Derek 'O BrienTrinamool leader Derek O'Brien


"It is the beginning of the end of the CPI(M) rule in West Bengal. We presented a case to the people. Our party had a transparent policy of industrialisation. We are not against industrialisation. Rather we want industrialisation, but not at the cost of agriculture."

Veerendra KumarMP Veerendra Kumar

The defeat of LDF in Kerala in the Lok Sabha polls was the result of 'arrogance, high-handedness and immaturity of the CPI-M leadership', the Janata Dal-S state president said.

Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley:

"The UPA has come out as the biggest alliance, so the mandate is in their favour. The BJP accepts this mandate of the people with full respect."

Chandan Mitra-75BJP leader Chandan Mitra:

"Bringing up Narendra Modi's name in the middle of the campaign was a serious error of judgement."

Farooq AbdullahFarooq Abdullah

"I will be happy to play whatever role the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government wants me to play."

Prakash KaratPrakash Karat:

"The Left parties and our allies in the Third Front will not give BJP an opportunity to exploit the post-poll situation to install its government."

D Raja-75D Raja

"We are not with Congress party either at the end of the day or at beginning of the day...if the mandate is not for us to form a non-BJP non-Congress government, alright, then we will sit in the opposition."

Oscar FernandesOscar Fernandes

"Congress successful in UP because of Rahul Gandhi."

First Published: May 16, 2009 10:56 IST