The BJP coming under pressure from its erstwhile allies in itself is a cause for concern and major embarrassment to the party.
The Uttar Pradesh by-election results should also be seen as a reflection of major discontent prevailing on the ground.
The parties lack of foresight in the state was sorely exposed as BJP struck a deal in less than 24 hours.
BJP losing ground is not necessarily indicative of a comeback by Congress and other Opposition parties.
The actor-turned-politician is tapping into the legacy of Dravidian politics even though he wants to stress his centrist and liberal credentials at the same time.
Marxists will have to come around to the reality that extermination politics has no place in a civilised society in 2018.
Today any organised group of people can hold the state to ransom, aided and abetted by unscrupulous politicians and the state machinery.
The latest rift closely mirrors one of the questions on which the then (undivided) Communist Party of India split in 1964.