BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley, incharge of elections in Karnataka gave the credit to the collective leadership provided by BJP's chief ministerial nominee B S Yeddyurappa, state BJP president Sadananda Gowda and national general secretary Ananth Kumar who had worked as a team after the ''great betrayal'' by the Janata Dal (Secular). "We were clearly the best organised party in the state," he said. As for as his own role in the present elections, he said 'very little role'.
He said the Congress, which hoped to return to power in the state, was on the decline and its campaign lacklustre. The mandate was a vote against opportunism and had given an opportunity for the BJP to provide a good administration, he said.
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the people of Karnataka had voted against price rise, terrorism and the betrayal of the JD (S).
She said Congress was living under an illusion that Karnataka was their fortress but the BJP was able to breach the bastion.
Meanwhile, top party leaders are having a meeting to take stock of the party's success giving the BJP its first government in the south.