Tuesday 27 February
And the colour was suddenly back in the BJP as it registered its best ever performance in Punjab assembly elections where it picked 19 of the 23 seats it contested while its NDA partner Shiromani Akali Dal won 48 seats to oust the Amrinder Singh government. In Uttarakhand, the party emerged as the single largest group with 34 seats in the 70 member house and is all set to form the government with the support of the three-member Uttarakhand Kranti Dal. After a brief power struggle with BJP state unit chief Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Major General (retd) B C Khanduri was "unanimously" elected the leader of legislative wing of the saffron party in Uttarakhand and will take charge on 8th March. The only consolation for the Congress was in Manipur, where it bagged 30 seats in the 60-member House and its leader Okram Ibobi Singh, who has the distinction of being state's first Chief Minister to complete a full term in office, was again sworn in to the top post for a second consecutive term.