In 2014 general elections, the NDA had won 104 of the total 120 seats (80 in UP and 40 in Bihar) and going by the leads, it looks like it will manage to retain a large majority of its seats in these two states.
The exit polls had already plunged the Congress into gloom, but some leaders were still holding out hope that the predictions will be off-the-mark, as they had often been in the past. On Thursday, that hoped quickly vanished.
Most of the exit polls have predicted that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is on course to retain power for a second term, riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma like the way he swept to power in 2014.
Cricket, they say, is a religion in India and cricketers are gods. But even these deities have to look for an alternate career once they are done hurling thunderbolts at batsmen or bludgeoning bowlers to submission.
Many agree that the Kejriwal government did bring education into focus and infused energy into a moribund system that ran a thousand-odd schools in Delhi. But there is a flip side to the feel-good story.
In The Subcontinental Menu this week, the story of a 20-year-old former Buddhist monk who is now the biggest star in the community to why that cow urine may be a reason for global warming, among many other interesting snippets.
The BJP won a staggering 42% of the vote in Uttar Pradesh in 2014. It held on to this three years later, taking 41% in 2017’s Assembly election. Narendra Modi appears to be upending traditional political calculations in the state
Priyanka Chaturvedi joining Shiv Sena is as much an indictment of what Congress is, as it is of her. She only joins a long list of political emigrants...a list that reflects an essential ambivalence about its politics of secularism (not to speak of gender).
LK Advani in a blog post said BJP has never regarded those who disagree with it politically as “enemies” or "anti-nationals". "Advani Ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP," PM Narendra Modi tweeted the same day.