Suffering a rout in the current round of assembly polls, the Congress could take heart only from the fact that it managed to wrest power in Puducherry from its breakaway group AINRC with a simple majority.
Here is a post poll analysis of states showing what influenced the election results:
In an effort to increase the NDA’s base, the BJP is also expected to resume its attempts to bring in Kerala Congress-Mani, a key constituent of the Congress-led UDF.
Narayanasamy did not contest the polls but, sources said, has entered the CM race claiming the support of a majority of MLAs.
The EC notification of May 27 also took a strong view of Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah’s letter on elections in the two seats, saying it should have “avoided” writing to the commission on dates.
Mamata’s response was prompt. Sources said she instructed MPs Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari to take immediate action in the matter.