Assembly Elections in India - Battleground States

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) stellar rise to form ruling party in 2014 could be directly attributed to the mass appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and corruption charges plaguing the previous government. At a national level, BJP’s popularity has steadily increased, with their share of seats in the parliament rising from 21.4% in 2009 to 51.9% in 2014, and even further to 55.9% in 2019 Loksabha elections. However, in terms of assembly elections, local issues and factors have emerged more dominant, and therefore, state level parties are more popular, which also indicates a maturing polity.


In 2021, four key states are undergoing elections – West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam. These elections will bear testimony to how well the respective governments handled the pandemic and their policies have aided economic recovery. Watch the recording to learn more about the socio-economic performance of these four states, and the possible outcomes of the elections.