It is certain that the Congress is set to form the government in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh. The BJP and its allies would do well to introspect and find the reasons for their defeat.

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has paid the price for not recognising the worth of his nephew over his son.

K. Nehru Patnaik, Visakhapatnam

The election results show that the BJP is losing its stature as a national party. They further show that the people are increasingly opting for the Congress, reposing faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.

Motupalli S. Prasad, Chennai

The victory of the MNS in some constituencies of Maharashtra points to not only fissiparous political trends but also the fact that hooliganism is an essential electoral ingredient.

J.N. Bhartiya, Hyderabad

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