"The use of money power is a matter of concern. Special emphasis will be given to check the use and flow of money during the election process"
V.S. Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner of India, to wire agencies
"We are ready for elections, have always been ready for elections. We have been ready for the last five years"
Kapil Sibal, Union Law Minister and Congress leader, to ABP News
"Poll bugle has been sounded. Congrats to the people of India on the commencement of the biggest festival of democracy"
Narendra Modi, BJP prime ministerial candidate, on Twitter
"It (the decision) will help the capitalists and large political parties who have enough money and can spend crores for their election. The decision will put poor political parties like ours in a disadvantageous situation"
Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, on Facebook
"WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE INCREASE IN LIMIT OF EXPENDITURE FOR LOK SABHA ELECTIONS"
Sitaram Yechury, CPM politburo member, to wire agencies