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Friday, October 8, 1999 Published at 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK


World: South Asia

Indian election: What they said

The people have voted, now the politicians have their say

As India's voters and politicians examine the outcome of the general election, BBC News Online sifts through the news and reactions for the key quotes:

"The people have given their mandate in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party this time and we are grateful ..."
Atal Behari Vajpayee

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"The result calls for introspection, frank assessment and determined action. We will attend to this in the coming days. In the meantime, we accept unhesitatingly the verdict of the people."
Sonia Gandhi

"I don't accept the proposition that ... this is a great defeat for her. It is a defeat or victory for the Congress party as a whole."
Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal

"I offer my congratulations on his election victory ... Our talks have been going on in the past and will be held also in the future."
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

"The two national parties will be under greater obligation to their allies - which is a polite way of saying that their partners will keep a gun to their heads."
The Pioneer newspaper

"It will certainly be a government of stability. Even last time when we did not have a majority, the government was stable enough except for trouble from one single party, and I expect that Mr Vajpayee, with all his experience, will be able to handle our coalition partners."
Veteran BJP leader, KR Malkarni

"I think she has natural leadership qualities. She has a natural rapport with the people of this country, and they respond very warmly to her. Whether or not she will have a pre-eminent role in the politics of this country, only time will tell, and that's a decision which only the family can make."
Ashwani Kumar of the Congress Party, on Priyanka Gandhi

"We are expecting some hard bargaining for cabinet seats. People have to realise there are limitations."
BJP spokesman J P Mathur

"The party as a whole should take responsibility."
Congress MP and former minister Rajesh Pilot




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