Congress pulls off a surprise verdict as Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) battled suspicions that it was moving too close to Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), and, ironically, that it may have actually had a secret understanding with the BJP.
The Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) swept to power in Kerala, notching its best-ever tally of 98 out of the 140 seats, while ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) ended up with just 42 seats. The BJP drew a blank.
Even CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee admitted that bagging 233 (out of 294) seats was "beyond all our expectations". A victory for the liberal Left, with the hardliners sidelined, should make the UPA breathe at least a little easy. But will it?