The BJP congratulated the voters for coming out in huge numbers to elect a "stable, effective and decisive" government. "This is an election of hope and not of emotion. The policy of arrogance, dynasty and inheritance is being rejected by the people of India and the politics of initiative, hard work and accomplishments based upon the record of good governance is being rewarded by the people," BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said. "Dynasty cannot deliver victory. The Congress should understand. Please reconcile yourself to be in opposition, otherwise you will face difficulties."
In a veiled attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, Prasad said, "You can't flaunt your inheritance and achievements of your forefathers attained 20 to 30 years ago. People are asking questions on what you have to comment on the present."
Taking a swipe at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, he said he has been "marginalised" in this election. He said questions are being raised on JD(U)'s poor performance.
Prasad said his party "salutes" the people of the country who have substantially responded to the need for a stable and effective government.
Expressing satisfaction at the good turnout, he claimed victory for Narendra Modi in Varanasi with "record votes" and the party across the country.
Prasad also hoped the EC will take note of the few incidents of malpractices that took place on Monday during polling, alleging that not enough central paramilitary forces were deployed in eastern Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
—(With agency inputs)