Nine assembly polls next year are not any kind of semi-final for 2024. But with slowing growth, campaigning will likely see all parties offer even more freebies

As many as nine states, including the major ones of Karnataka, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, will hold assembly elections in 2023. The media will probably dub it as the semi-final before the 2024 Lok Sabha final. Facts disprove this semi-final theory.

In 2018 and 2019, many states that ousted BJP in assembly elections flipped back to it in the subsequent Lok Sabha elections. Even in states that held assembly and Lok Sabha elections together – Odisha, for example – one result did not exactly mirror the other. 2023 elections are not the semi-finals for anything; they are the finals for the assembly elections. Period.

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