Narendra Modi's big win: who said what

Narendra Modi will be Chief Minister of Gujarat for a third straight term. Here are some reactions to his big win in the state.

P Chidambaram, Finance Minister

"The Congress is a winner in Gujarat, we have been able to contain BJP and Modi to under 117 seats."

LK Advani, senior BJP leader

"The results are satisfying. I wish we had done better in Himachal Pradesh."

Ali Anwar, JD(U) MP

"What is proved by his win? What does that have to do with us? When they discuss the candidates with us, we will share our feedback. We are a secular country and a leader must exhibit secular credentials."

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress spokesperson

"Yes, Gujarat has gone Mr Modi's way...but the result does not mean he has gained national acceptability."

Ravishankar Prasad, BJP spokesperson

"This is the third continuous victory of Narendrabhai and the BJP in Gujarat in spite of a very strong and vicious campaign against him."

Balbir Punj, senior BJP leader

"I am not here to define Mr Modi's role in the BJP. Mr Narendra Modi was always a very important factor and he will have even more say now, even if the Congress continues to demonise him."

Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader

"We have lost Gujarat but won Himachal, but it wasn't an easy win for Modi. It was a close fight. We are in the right direction; we will have go back to the drawing board. One election doesn't make him a prime ministerial candidate."

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP MP

"BJP wanted to make a flourishing government, and that is what we are doing. Narendra Modi is winning again because people of Gujarat believe in him."

M G Vaidya, Senior RSS ideologue

"BJP has great Prime Ministerial candidates, including Narendra Modi. People have given him a third chance. "

Nitin Gadkari, BJP president

"Gujarat voted for politics of development. We have won for the fifth time in Gujarat and the third time under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Gujarat will continue to develop under Narendra Modi's leadership."

Arun Jaitley, BJP leader

"The Gujarat election was key. This is a vote for Modi’s leadership. Look at the vote that he’s been getting -it defies caste and community."

Manish Tewari, Information and Broadcast Minister

"If anyone has reason to celebrate today, it is the Congress. Interestingly, it must be underscored, in all the 12-13 constituencies in which Mr Rahul Gandhi campaigned in Gujarat and Himachal Pardesh, the Congress has won convincingly."