The Congress was confident that Bhatta-Parsaul belonged to them but the results said otherwise. People feel Rahul balm was late, short-lived and failed to last till end.
With Rahul's failing fortunes, the clamour for his supposedly more talented sister has already begun. So what is more tragic? That Priyanka may turn out to be a political zero or that the Congress has become a party in surname only?
After a long wait, the patient voter has had his say.
Akhilesh Yadav is being presented as the Prince Charming that turned around the fortunes of the Samajwadi Party. But a lot of silent work happened in the background. And some credit should go to the CPM.
Mulayam Singh Yadav gave Mamata Banerjee the best gift she could hope for. His outright victory means that the Congress is stuck with the Trinamool thorn in its side. And the thorn has already started pricking harder.
The UP elections may be viewed upon as the fall of Rahul Gandhi. But what is also worrying is the inactivity of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The celebration of SP's victory by firing guns has already claimed the life of one seven-year-old. Akhilesh has his work cut out for him in reining in his gun-toting supporters.
Ramdev said the verdict of the people is against corruption and Congress' reluctance to act on the demand of bringing back the black money.
It is more a vote against Mayawati than for Mulayam. But the landslide victory is puzzling.
The BJP chief said the results have given a "big shock" to the Congress.
The new face of Samajwadi Party also assured that the party will implement the election manifesto in totality in the state.
It's too early to say what went wrong for the Congress party in UP, but one thing certainly did — the ‘caste arithmetic’.