BJP and Congress need to reach out to the electorate with a greater sense of urgency; this requires long-term planning and engagement with the voters.
"It's an all time high for us" and the "highest point" for BJP, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday as the party stormed to power in Assam.
Not all Congress leaders were happy with the usual call for "introspection" by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi after the defeat in the Assembly elections.
The Left might have won in Kerala, but losing West Bengal despite going for an alliance with the Congress has come as a big blow for the party that had ruled the state for more than three decades at a stretch.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has cautioned BJP against going overboard with celebrations of its victory in Assam, as he congratulated all political parties and alliances which emerged victorious in assembly polls in the five states whose results were declared on Thursday.
The BJP created history for itself in the Assembly Elections 2016 by breaking new grounds in the North East by catapulting to power in Assam
The final results for the election in four states and one Union Territory are yet to be announced but the outcome is pretty clear to by now and it was a helluva roller-coaster.
Results of elections in four major states indicate the BJP needs its arch rival to succeed — it feeds off the failures of the Congress.
West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK seem set to retain power on Thursday as the BJP is on the road to victory in Assam and the Left appears to be making a comeback in Kerala.
Campaigning ended in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry for 16 May assembly polls, ringing the curtain down on the gruelling two-month-long exercise.