Congratulations to winners. But all losers are not losers: How opposition reacted to Lok Sabha 2019 election results 

File photo of Mamata Banerjee and Farooq Abdullah. Photograph:( Agencies )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 23, 2019, 03.12 PM (IST)

Congratulating the winners for the 2019 Lok Sabha general elections, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee called for a complete review of the results.

In a tweet on Thursday, Banerjee said, "Congratulations to the winners. But all losers are not losers. We have to do a complete review and then we will share our views with you all. Let the counting process be completed fully and the VVPATs match".

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NCP leader Sharad Pawar reacted saying that the results show people's doubt about EVMs.

"I accept people's decision but this is also a fact that people had their doubts about EVMs. Congress had performed really well in Rajiv Gandhi's time, but nobody doubted elections then, same when Atal Bihari Vajpayee won", he said.

National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah congratulated BJP and NDA for their "stellar performance".

Abdullah tweeted, "So the exit polls were correct. All that`s left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib and Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years".

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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, expressed hope that the new government at the Centre would do justice with the state and engage in a dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Speaking to reporters at the NC headquarters, Farooq Abdullah said, "I thank (NC vice-president) Omar (Abdullah), our party leaders and the people of Kashmir, especially the people of Srinagar constituency - all the mothers, sisters, elders and youth for supporting the NC".

"This Parliament will not be easy. There are several important issues with respect to J-K because we have to fight them on their intention to do away with the Article 370 and 35A. Another issue is that they want to divide the Muslims and Hindus in the country; we have to fight that as well," the NC chief said.

"This country belongs to all and we have to keep this country strongly on that secular path which our Constitution enshrines. We have to protect the Constitution, drafted by (B R) Ambedkar, and take the country forward," he said.

"We hope the new government in Delhi will do justice with J-K and engage in dialogue with Pakistan so that we are taken out of this morass," he said.
Asked about the UPA's performance in the polls, he declined to comment, saying "what has happened, has happened, I will not say anything on that". 

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(With inputs from agencies)

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In a tweet on Thursday, Banerjee said, 'Congratulations to the winners. But all losers are not losers. We have to do a complete review and then we will share our views with you all. Let the counting process be completed fully and the VVPATs match'.