Congress is headed for a massive victory in the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls, bagging 53 seats and leading in 15 more in the 90-member House by late Tuesday night.
Congress is set to wrest Rajasthan from the BJP after its candidates were declared elected on 99 seats of the 199 that went to the polls.
The highlight of the day was the ding-dong battle between the ruling BJP and the Congress in Madhya Pradesh where leads alternated between the two sides, with Congress getting a slight edge by winning 87 seats.
With Congress set to form governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and locked in a close fight in Madhya Pradesh, party president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said the selection of chief ministers in the three states will be done "smoothly".
With the Congress-TDP 'People's Front' receiving a drubbing in the Telangana assembly elections, Telugu Desam party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu Tuesday said his party would respect the people's verdict.
With the Congress set to snatch Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the BJP and locked in a neck and neck fight with the party in Madhya Pradesh, the challenge from Rahul Gandhi to the Narendra Modi-led government appears more serious than ever before, and is expected to reflect in 2019, say experts.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday said the results in the assembly polls to five states have shown that political awakening is on the rise in the country as people have rejected the communal politics.
Buoyed by Congress' resurgence, party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the assembly poll outcome is a "clear message" to the Modi government that people are not happy with it and time has come for a change while asserting that his party will also win in 2019.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik accused Tuesday the BJP-led central government of "ignoring" interests of farmers and said the assembly elections in five states show mood of the nation.
The BJP on Thursday said the results of five Assembly elections show that local factors determined the outcome in each state and the party will come back strongly in 2019 Lok Sabha elections with a result better than in 2014 due to "Modi factor".
Amid efforts to forge a joint front of non-BJP parties, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday said there was no such firm grand alliance at the national level now and asserted that the Biju Janata Dal maintains equidistance from both the saffron party and the Congress.
The Samajwadi Party, which is leading in one seat in Madhya Pradesh, said it will support the Congress in forming the next government in the state where the Congress and the ruling BJP are locked in a neck and neck fight.
In a major feat, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria won the assembly elections for the eighth term.
The Aam Aadmi Party said Assembly poll trends in five states show people want to get rid of an "autocratic" BJP government at the Centre, and announced it will launch from December 14 a door-to-door campaign to defeat the saffron party here in the Lok Sabha polls next year.
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday hailed the Congress' performance in three Hindi heartland states and said the poll results had set the alarm bells ringing for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.