It was evident from the exuberance of delegates at the BJP's National Executive meeting in Bhubaneswar last weekend that party workers and leaders alike are convinced that the hand of history has touched the BJP and it will go from strength to strength hereafter.
All things said and done, this was undoubtedly the best and most unorthodox choice the BJP could have made in UP. In Narendra Modi's long-term scheme of things, he needs someone who can retain UP for the BJP for many years to come. Although the Ram Mandir issue may have lost some traction, it is important to try and build a "Hindu vote" - something...
It is indeed intriguing that the MLAs have not switched camps despite the fact that Sasikala will stay in jail for the next three years and cannot become an MLA for 10 years. It would seem that AIADMK MLAs, "orphaned" by the death of Amma want to cling on to a Mother figure - a role they believe only Chinnamma can fulfill.
Priyanka Gandhi may not carry any political baggage so far, but the same cannot be said about her husband. The moment she jumps actively into the electoral campaign, the controversies dogging Robert Vadra are certain to be raked up.
With or without the bicycle symbol and irrespective of whether he leads a united SP to the hustings, Akhilesh Yadav has emerged as UP's pre-eminent next generation politician. Even if he fails to repeat his winning feat of 2012 in the forthcoming Assembly poll, the constituency he is carving out for himself is there to stay.
The recent civic polls and by-election results in Maharashtra and Gujarat reaffirm that the Prime Minister's support has not been dented by the cash crunch and the opposition has erred badly in reading the public mood.
In less than a fortnight, it will be clear if Hindi cinema's hit machine, talented director Karan Johar, will have a seamless opening for his forthcoming blockbuster Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM), or if movie halls will be vandalized and the film taken off screens under pressure from radical groups.