Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is well on the road to performing a hat trick raising the prospects of becoming BJP's prime ministerial candidate while Congress ousted the saffron party from power in Himachal Pradesh.
Former chief minister Keshubhai Patel's GPP on which the Congress hoped to defeat Modi fared very badly. The BJP's hat trick in retaining power in Gujarat added grist to political mill speculating on Modi becoming the party's PM candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections.
However, the BJP was defeated in Himachal Pradesh, a state that has stuck to its habit of voting out an incumbent government.
The Congress, which put up a spirited campaign under former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, is all set to return to power in the hill state.