A visual representation of the performance of Congress and BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: (WION)
The much-awaited election results of five state assemblies are out, with the BJP getting a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and the Congress winning the Punjab Assembly. In Goa and Manipur, the Congress emerged as the single largest party, but it failed to cross the half-way mark.
While the BJP got a landslide victory in UP, it wasn’t a cakewalk for the party, which had been out of power in India’s largest state for around 15 years. Similarly, Congress made a comeback to Punjab after a decade.
To better understand the political journey of these national parties in five assemblies that went to polls in February and March, we took a look back at how these parties sailed through the political storm over the last 20 years in these five states. We bring you the results and they may further strengthen your belief in the unpredictability of the Indian political weather.
A look at how the Congress and the BJP sailed through the political storm over the last 20 years in five states including UP and Punjab