Four of the five states that went to the polls are governed either by the BJP or the Congress. These two national parties will face off in a general election just a few months from now, and wins in this round of polls will provide the victors with momentum. But there are plenty of fascinating subplots to watch out for, too.
In Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP has been in power for well over a decade — 15 years to be exact. Can the Congress upset its applecart?
Second: The Congress is a shadow of what it once was, and only governs a handful of states (and one Union territory). Will it now get a much-needed boost ahead of the Lok Sabha election? Or will it lose Mizoram too?
Finally, in Telangana, has K Chandrashekhar Rao, the caretaker chief minister, convinced voters to give him a second term? Or has the “mahakutumi” — the grand alliance — between the Congress, Telugu Desam Party and two other outfits managed to spring a surprise? Stay tuned. Exit poll numbers will be out soon.