And even as officials continued to count the millions of votes cast in assembly elections which were widely seen as a 'semi final' before the Lok Sabha elections due next year, Congress and BJP veterans began to analyse the rights and wrongs of the Nov 14-Dec 4 ballot.
Cong-BJP 'neck-to-neck' fight in Rajasthan
Even as overjoyed Congress activists took to noisy celebrations outside party offices in the Rajasthan capital Jaipur and in New Delhi, political analyst GVL Narasimha Rao warned that the state results were no great news for the BJP or the Congress.
"The Congress is certainly doing better than expected but not as well as they should have done to win a national election," Rao said. "The BJP is doing worse than expected and does not look like it is in the lead to come to power nationally. It is a mixed result overall."
"There is no stopping the Congress now," thundered Congress leader M Veerappa Moily, a confidant of party President Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress was on the winning track in 97 of the 200 seats in Rajasthan and the ruling BJP ahead in 71 constituencies.
Cong sweeps Mizoram
The Congress was on the winning track in distant Mizoram, outclassing the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), a former insurgent group that has ruled the northeastern state since 1998.
The Congress led in 16 seats and the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) in four in Mizoram, which has a 40-seat assembly.
Cong emerging victorious in MP
The BJP, however, was on the winning track in Madhya Pradesh, with its candidates leading in 120 of the 230 seats. The BJP has ruled both Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh since 2003.
Cong third time lucky in Delhi too
In Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, widely credited by friends and foes for the unexpected win, profusely thanked voters in the city - a mini India. "(The outcome) is great," she said, as supporters and journalists swarmed her house.
By midday, the Congress was touching the halfway mark in Delhi, which has a 70-member house but where polling has been postponed in one seat.
Moily credited Dikshit for the Congress showing in Delhi, saying she had done a 'marvellous' job leading the faction-ridden party despite many constraints including soaring food prices.
OneIndia News(With Inputs from Agencies)