Enthusiasts had then declared that the opposition should start preparing for the 2024 parliamentary elections because 2019 was a done deal for the BJP. Now, the loss will write a new script, not only for UP and Bihar, but also for 2019.
Instead of letting matters take their quasi-judicial course, Amit Shah started playing political games to strengthen the electoral standing of his party in the forthcoming elections in which the outcome in the state as a whole is going to be substantially determined by who wins the argument over the Mahadayi.
Promises have been made in the past and it is very likely that now, like then they will not be fulfilled. It is also likely that compromises could be made by leaders, that the farmers could return to our indifferent city the next year to serve us another reminder of their pain.
I still believe the possibility of farmers turning to Naxalism is remote. But could Nana's prophetic words - the beginning of a 'revolution' - really turn into a dark and tragic reality? If so, can our politicians and civil society act decisively now to better the lives of farmers?
Let's also try to look behind what happened. Why are farmers protesting? Why was everyone so responsive? And why do other protests - such as those this January by Dalit organisations - receive far less sympathy, leading them to be less co-operative with the normal life of the city?
A lot of political observers are asking why Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of Bengal and leader of the Trinamool Congress, seems to be in the thick of opposition politics in the run-up to the 2019 election.
It is likely that Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's threat to quit the NDA will turn out to be empty. For both parties can only lose by separating. But for the time being, it has raised the political temperature from Hyderabad to Delhi.
It is the Phulpur result which will indicate what next for the most politically strategic state in the country. In some ways, it is even more of a bellwether than the Karnataka polls. Results will be known on March 14.
The newly-elected BJP government in Tripura should repair Lenin's statue and put it back from where it was removed. It should put an end to the violence unleashed against Left supporters. Statues can be destroyed by force, not an ideology.