On Tuesday morning, voting for the state assemblies of Mizoram and Chhattisgarh will kick off a month-long cycle that will decide the next government in five states. While government formation remains the ultimate objective of these state elections, as always, this round is woven together by multiple narratives. Some pertain to these state elections. Some pertain to the broader cut and thrust of Indian politics, and its shifting lines that will lead to the national elections scheduled for the middle of 2024. Here are five narratives to watch for in this round of elections.
Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.