The ruling Congress finished as the single-largest party, but three short of a majority in a hung Manipur assembly, with the BJP, for the first time, emerging the second largest outfit in the northeastern state where smaller parties and an independent lawmaker now held the key to government formation.
The BJP stormed back to power in Uttarakhand with a three-fourth majority by winning 57 seats in the 70-member assembly.
The Congress party swept back to power in Punjab after a decade, with veteran Amarinder Singh set to return as Chief Minister of the border state.
The sweeping victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has shown that Narendra Modi has recovered much of his popularity of 2014.
The BJP swept to an unprecedented two-thirds majority in Uttar Pradesh and bagged Uttarakhand too and was neck and neck with the Congress in Goa and Manipur in the country's biggest mandate since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress consolation was that it returned to power in Punjab after a 10-year gap.
As the country waits for the results of the recently concluded Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh to be announced it is clear to us that an electorate that is deeply fractured on the lines of caste and religious identity will not give a clear mandate to any one party.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the police is probing the death of Lance Naik Roy Mathew, whose decomposed body was found in an army barrack days after he featured in a sting video criticizing the 'Sahayak' system in the army. The minister refused to comment further on the issue.