Delhi polls: Who said what

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The following are a few quotes by politicians after the announcement of results of the Delhi assembly election:

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Narendra Modi (prime minister): "Spoke to Arvind Kejriwal and congratulated him on the win. Assured him centre's complete support in the development of Delhi."

Arvind Kejriwal (Aam Aadmi Party chief): "This is a victory of people. This is a victory of truth and honesty."

Sonia Gandhi (Congress president): "Spoke to Kejriwal and congratulated him on the party's victory."

Rahul Gandhi (Congress vice president): "My congratulations to Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party on their victory. The people of Delhi have chosen the Aam Aadmi Party and we respect that. I wish Kejriwal and his team the very best."

Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP leader and communications minister): "We accept our massive defeat. The party will think over it."

Kiran Bedi (BJP leader): "Full marks to Arvind. Congratulations. Now take Delhi to the heights it belongs to. Make it a world class city."

Ajay Maken (Congress leader): "We want to congratulate Kejriwal and hope the promises he has made and the dreams he has outlined, he will fulfil them in Delhi. For strengthening of democracy, I hope that he will fulfil his promises."

Anna Hazare (social activist): "This was expected. The result is a defeat for Narendra Modi. Kejriwal must not forget the anti-corruption crusade and should work for public benefit. He must avoid his past mistakes and work with simplicity."

Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena president): "This is a great day for democracy. It was not just a wave. It was a tsunami which swept Delhi. I agree with Hazare's view that this is a defeat for Modi, not (Kiran) Bedi."

Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh chief minister): "Congratulations to AAP, good wishes for the new AAP government."

Omar Abdullah (Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister): "Wow, well done Delhi and well done Aam Aadmi Party. Good luck to Arvind Kejriwal for the next 5 years."

Mufti Muhammad Sayeed (PDP leader): "The Delhi elections have asserted the diversity of our country and the need to respect it which the BJP should learn not to ignore."

Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal chief minister): "This is a victory for the people and a big defeat for the arrogant and those who are doing political vendetta and spreading hate among people."

Nitish Kumar (Janata Dal-United leader): "People want development with justice. They never accept arrogance. This is reflected in the AAP's victory in Delhi."

Oommen Chandy (Kerala chief minister): "The traditional Congress vote has gone to the AAP and what happened was there was a strong anti-BJP wave in Delhi."

K. Chandrasekhar Rao (Telangana chief minister): "The results showed that people want a corruption-free and transparent governance."

V.S. Achuthanandan (Former Kerala chief minister): "This is because of a strong stand taken by the people against the anti-people policies of the arrogant Modi's autocratic style of ignoring the people."

IANS

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