When the big battle of 2019 ended on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh, the state with the largest number of Lok Sabha seats, sprang a huge surprise.
The major takeaway from the UP results seems to be the fact that the saffron bandwagon succeeded in smashing the traditional caste mould in the state.
If the exit polls results hold true, the 2019 elections could prove to be a case study for political pundits to re-analyse the relevance of caste, creed and community in Indian politics.
In a video of the incident, Ansari and his supporters late on Monday were seen engaged in a heated argument with a police officer.
The workers, who will be on duty at the counting centre, have also been directed by their respective parties to match the number of votes polled with those counted.
Upadhyay has also been removed from the post of chief whip of the party in the state assembly, BSP General Secretary Mewalal Gautam said.
Sources said all three will skip a meeting of opposition parties called in Delhi on Tuesday, though the Congress will participate.
Akhilesh, while emerging from the meeting refused to talk to media persons saying that he would speak only after May 23.
Yadav, who had formed a coalition with the BSP and the RLD to take on the BJP, drove to the residence of Mayawati. Details of the meeting were not known immediately.
Governor Ram Naik accepted the recommendation and relieved Rajbhar from his post of Backward Class Welfare and Divyangjan Empowerment Minister, an official spokesperson said in Lucknow.
If the exit polls prove to be right, it will mean a body blow to regional parties such as SP and BSP. It will also indicate that the Congress is a dying party in Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP and its allies may absorb the 'gathbandhan' shock by losing 15-20 odd seats.
SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar predicted that the saffron party will only win 15 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Mufti Mohammed Waliullah, who leads prayers at Gorakhpur's biggest mosque, said the Muslims are not 'unanimous' over their choice of parties.
By 1990s, the anchors of this political shift were two Yadavs — Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad — in the two populous and politically significant Hindi-states.