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EFSAS comments on keenly contested state elections in 5 Indian states


While exit polls yesterday suggested wins for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in two of these states, they predicted victory for the Congress Party in two others, and a hung Assembly in Mizoram. The final results, however, will only be known on 3 December when the votes are counted. Some analysts have opined that these elections, held just six-odd months before the nationwide general elections are due in 2024, will be an indicator of how the parties would fare then. However, the experience of 2018-2019, the last time when a similar sequence of elections was enacted, would suggest otherwise.