The BJP is returning to power in the politically crucial state of UP after a gap of 15 years.
After a hiatus of 10 years, Congress led by former chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh won in Punjab with 77 seats. It was a birthday present for Amarinder who turned 75 on Saturday. The SAD-BJP alliance finished at number three spot, behind AAP, which emerged as the largest opposition party with 22 seats.
In Uttarakhand, BJP bagged 57 out of 70 seats at stake in the state reducing Congress to just 11 seats. It is for the first time in the 16 year history of Uttarakhand that a party has emerged with an impressive tally like that recorded by the BJP.
However, BJP suffered reverses in Goa where its tally was reduced to 14 from 21 in the 40-member house as the poll results threw up a hung assembly where opposition Congress emerged the single largest party with 18 seats. The majority mark is 21 seats. The verdict would give smaller parties like newly formed Goa Forward and MGP with a role in ministry formation.
Like in Goa, it was a hung House in Manipur with ruling Congress bagging 28 out of the total 60 seats and BJP getting 21.