And Narendra Modi has won! Clearly, the people of Gujarat have voted for Modi: the BJP won simply because Modi is in the BJP. The five odd candidates who had split from the Sangh Parivar to fight Modi in spite of being in the BJP, have lost.
So what's ahead? Obviously, Modi can look a larger role in the Federal Government. The man who had brought his party four consecutive victories in India's fastest-growing state is not somebody to take lightly. His economic policies are loved by industrialist - a fact that the stock markets have confirmed (the BSE Sensex was up 650 points today, led by any and all companies that were related to Gujarat).
On the other hand, the man who unleashed a wave of carnage in 2002 and brought shame to the state cannot be expected to be welcomed with open arms by the rest of the country. However, at a time when the UPA Government is arousing anger among the influential middle class because of its communal stance and quota regime, Modi is definitely somebody who could bring back some 'hindutva' to the nation. You decide if that's good or bad.