The assembly elections in the five states were considered the first big test for the BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive, which wiped out 86 per cent of currency from the nation's economy. Not only did the BJP silence its critics in UP, it managed to comfortably dodge the threat posed by the alliance between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and the Congress.
The BJP and Congress are locked in a close contest in the states of Manipur and Goa. Both the states are heading toward hung assemblies as neither party is expected to cross the respective magic marks. In Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar lost in Mandrem whereas activist Irom Sharmila secured less than 100 votes in Manipur's Thoubal against Chief Minister Okrom Ibobi Singh.
Three Chief Ministers, Akhilesh Yadav, Harish Rawat and Laxmikant Parsekar have resigned. Mr Rawat resigned after the Congress was reduced to just 11 seats in the state. Mr Rawat also lost in both the constituencies he contested.
In Punjab, the Congress ended the decade-long rule of the Akali Dal-BJP, reducing them to the third position. The AAP fared poor than their expected tally, but managed to emerge as the second largest party in the state.