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".