1. I think congress gained cos of NREGA and farmers loan waiver. Its not good economics but its atleast good politics
2. There seems to be a welcome trend of consolidation of National Parties in UP, WB etc
3. At some level, there seems to be a failure of leadership opn Advani's part to motivate his state leaders.
4. I think a very good model for BJP would be to go for Bihar Model. Rebrand themshelves as a centre right economic party but give strong signals that social amity will be maintained and social security for the extremely backward.