Three years after the Modi Wave earned the BJP the country's biggest margin in three decades, the Prime Minister has decisively proved he has lost none of his appeal.
The BJP won more than 320 seats in Uttar Pradesh; the Congress won less than 10. Akhilesh Yadav, the incumbent Chief Minister, who allowed the Congress to ride pillion with him, won less than 60 seats, the partnership failing miserably.
Congress boss Rahul Gandhi today said "Our fight continues and will not end till we win the hearts and minds of people." He also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who not just brought his party back to power in Uttar Pradesh after 14 years, but did so with the biggest result the state has seen in decades.
Without taking names, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said the Congress has to ensure "open introspection" to help its leaders better themselves. The Congress has never espoused the former, apparently operating on the assumption that the latter is impossible.
The Congress has won Punjab, on the other hand, and is ahead by four seats in Goa, though it will need the support of independents to form the government in the coastal state.
It was also leading in Manipur, offering some consolation to the party.