BJP scores 4-0, Congress crushed
The BJP retained Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, snatched Rajasthan from the Congress but was denied a clear win in Delhi by the debutant Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) spectacular showing.
The victorious Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) disagreed. BJP MP Smriti Irani said the anti-Congress wave betrayed the popular mood against the party's top leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
It was the worst result for Congress in Rajasthan, far less than the 41 it won in the post-Emergency 1977 election.
In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan led the BJP to a facile third victory. The party won 166 seats in the 230-member assembly, up from the 143 it won in 2008.
In contrast, the Congress tally slumped from 71 to 57. The BJP huffed and puffed before snatching victory from a fighting Congress in Chhattisgarh, with Chief Minister Raman Singh claiming victory after eight hours of nail-biting suspense.