The assembly elections currently underway are being seen as a referendum on the Modi government, coming as they do early in the second half of the NDA’s 5-year term. In particular, all eyes are on UP and Punjab, two key states in which the BJP faces a tough battle; the outcome could have a bearing on policy-making and economic reforms at the Centre. Moneycontrol has tied up with data analytics firm Gramener and political commentators to bring you a wealth of data and analysis on the elections, both in the run-up to counting day, and on the day of the verdict (Saturday, March 11).
We have data from each of the five states that have gone to the polls – in addition to the Big Two states, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa, each small but significant in its own way. If you click on an assembly segment, you can see the names of candidates fighting it out, and you can also go back to the previous assembly poll in 2012 and the Lok Sabha election in 2014 for context. We will also have a poll of polls in the run-up to counting day, when the fate of the candidates in all the states will be decided. That day, expect interactive live maps as the results come in, displaying live data for each of the five states and 690 assembly segments. We will also be running live blogs with all the latest from each state, expert commentary and sharp insights into what this means for the country, the states, the main parties and the key individuals. Elections are the centerpiece of politics. Politics drives policy. Policy influences markets. And markets are the beating heart of Moneycontrol.