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 ..."
"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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"We are expecting some hard bargaining for cabinet seats. People have to realise there are limitations."
"The party as a whole should take responsibility."