At the end it came down to one number: 178. But that one number represents several verdicts. A verdict on the NDA’s appeal. A verdict on the Grand Alliance experiment. A verdict on brand Modi. A verdict on Rahul Gandhi’s suit boot slogan. It is also a verdict on communal and caste based mobilisation. The verdict’s implications are varied.
One of them will be that the NDA will go into the Winter Session with diminished conviction to push tricky reforms. That doesn’t augur well for the health of the economy. There are several other implications that we’ll discuss over the next four hours.