Decades of ground work by RSS helped BJP wrest 18 seats in Mamata's fortress, says poll strategist Sunil Deodhar
According to Sunil Deodhar, BJP's poll strategist for West Bengal, the saffron party didn't have to do much as the groundwork has been going on in Bengal for decades by RSS and its affiliates
Kerala exit poll projections: Sabarimala did little to consolidate Hindu votes for BJP, say analysts
Analysts say BJP hasn't got any benefit in Kerala from the Sabarimala row, including in Pathanamthitta — the hotspot of Sabarimala protests — where exit polls predict a sizeable gap between BJP candidate K Surendran and Congress candidate Anto Antony
BJP's staggering near 50% vote share in Uttar Pradesh indicates change in usual caste politics, party's influence across communities
The BJP appears to be overturning the traditional, caste-based politics in Uttar Pradesh as it doesn't make sense for a single party to approach 50 percent of the vote share.
Sheila Dikshit, Ajay Maken go for role reversal as differences emerge within Congress over alliance with AAP
Sheila Dikshit's opposition to Congress forming an alliance with AAP for Lok Sabha election is likely to be a pre-emptive action to prevent a repeat of the grand old party's disastrous performance in the 2015 Assembly polls
Middle class losing patience with Modi govt; BJP's declining hold in urban seats shows group feels neglected
The urban middle class saw in Narendra Modi a leader who could fulfil their aspirations. But there is now an overriding impression among them that the prime minister has taken them for granted, perhaps driven by a belief that they have no other alternative.
The BJP is unlikely to win too many seats in the east and south, but this time it is bringing in a larger vote share which will make it a relevant partner for regional parties in the future. The party's sun in rising in east and south