All eyes will be on the Lok Sabha big battle this year, but a series of state polls, including the much anticipated J&K election, will also keep the political pot boiling till the end of 2024. Polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim are likely to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha election in April-May while the end of the year will see Haryana and Maharashtra go to the hustings. It also remains to be seen when the assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, last held around 10 years ago in 2014, are slotted following Supreme Court directions to hold the elections by September 30, 2024.
Year 2024 promises to be a political humdinger, with BJP, buoyed by its victories in the Hindi heartland, facing a direct competition from the I.N.D.I.A bloc (a political alliance of 28 parties). A consecutive third term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a stamp of approval of his government's track record and policies. PM Modi himself exuded confidence after BJP stamped its authority in the heartland states, saying BJP's "hat-trick" in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh elections was a guarantee of the party's "hat-trick in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls".