Here are some of the political reactions to the results that emerged from Karnataka.
BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Election results are always a lesson for all political parties. This is not at all surprising.We will discuss everything once all the results are announced. We will correct our mistakes for the future
Congress' Salman Khurshid: I would like to thank the people of Karnataka for voting the Congress party to victory, and the credit for this should also be given to our leaders Dr Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who led from the front to ensure the party's victory in his BJP-ruled state. I am very grateful to people of Karnataka for voting in favour of Congress, which have always given top priority to the development unlike BJP which has misused power and indulged in corruption.
JDS's H D Kumaraswamy: If people have blessed us to sit in the opposition, we will sit in the opposition. We will surely sit in the opposition and will safeguard the interests of people.We will accept the defeat. The people have directed us to sit in the opposition.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit: Winning with an absolute majority in Karnataka is a matter of pride for us.
Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya: "It is not very surprising (the result), but I didn't expect the BJP to get less than 50 seats. I talked with the people of Karnataka. They also expected around 60 seats."
He blamed the BJP's loss on former party stalwart and chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa, who split and formed his own KJP. "The only reason is Yeddyurappa," he said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: "It is a clear result against the ideology of the BJP which has been ruling Karnataka. The people of the country know what's what and they will reject the BJP ideology as the result in Karnataka shows. He (Rahul Gandhi) took a leading role in the campaigning and worked hard. I congratulate the Congress workers of Karnataka."
Sonia Gandhi: Very happy with the win, but it was expected.
Congress Party general secretary and spokesman Janardan Dwivedi: The results reflected the public's rejection of the policies being pursued by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the previous five years.
"It is the loss of the policies of the opposition and their ideology. Their views have not been accepted by the public. It is a win of the policies of the Congress."
BJP General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka, Dharmendra Pradhan: The party will stay firmly committed to its ideology and the fight against corruption despite the defeat.
"BJP accepts the people's verdict in Karnataka with humility and honours it. Initial analysis shows that we have incurred this loss in the elections due to the split in our votebase. The party had some inkling of this before the polls but it did not compromise on its principles and the fight against corruption.
"If Congress thinks the mandate in Karnataka is against corruption then it should prepare itself for a mandate against it in 2014."
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath: "The match is over, BJP has had an innings defeat, now they'll blame the match, the ball and the pitch".