The nature of the contenders makes this an even more significant election. On one hand is a tottering ruling party, unable to reach out to the common citizen.
On the other is an opposition led by a ‘strongman’, whose commitment to the secular character of the state is questioned. Besides the regional outfits, there is also an emerging political force that taps into the anti-establishment sentiment, but it has not yet laid out its prescription for the future.
Which way will Indian voters go? Who will govern India for the next five years? As the electorate prepares to answer those questions, HT takes a look back at India’s electoral history.