As it became clear within two-and-half hours" counting that Karnataka has rejected the Congress, effectively limiting it to two states and a Union territory, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh promptly declared the party missing and announced a "search operation'.
"Since 1996, the party has been marching forward and today 70 per cent of the states are ruled by the BJP and its allies", he said. Mizoram, the seven north-eastern states to have a non-BJP government, goes to polls in December.
The results are not just a snub to Chief Minister K Siddaramiah but also to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as it will be now hard for him to lead any united opposition front against the Narendra Modi-led BJP juggernaut.
"In Karnataka, Congress faced anti-incumbency and it is one of the causes for the party's failure", Gogoi said.
Describing today's Assembly poll results in the southern state as an endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development agenda, Vaghani said the Congress should introspect as to why it didn't get the mandate for a second term.
Expressing confidence of the victory of the BJP in Karnataka, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said the country is moving towards a "Congress mukt Bharat" (Congress free India). "This was but a referendum on Siddaramaiah and Rahul Gandhi 's five years of corrupt divisive politics and the people of Karnataka have given their report card already", the BJP MP said.
Khattar has returned from a nine-day tour of Israel and UK. "Foreign investors and businessmen have been invited to invest in Haryana", he said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.