2024 India General Elections: Dates, Phases, Key Players & Everything You Need to Know

India heads to the polls! Get the complete lowdown on the 2024 General Elections: dates, phases, key players, alliances, and everything you need to know. NDA vs I.N.D.I.A., new voters, battleground states - understand the crucial factors shaping India's political landscape. #LokSabha2024 #IndiaVotes
2024 India General Elections: Dates, Phases, Key Players & Everything You Need to Know

The anticipation surrounding the General Elections to elect members of the 18th Lok Sabha in India is palpable, with the elections expected to occur in the upcoming months of April and May. The ruling alliance of NDA is gearing up to face off against the newly formed I.N.D.I.A. alliance. With the official tenure of the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) led 17th Lok Sabha session set to expire on 16 June 2024, all political parties have commenced their poll campaigns.

Elections for the 17th Lok Sabha took place in 2019, resulting in a landslide victory for the BJP-led NDA, which secured 353 out of 543 seats. The BJP alone won 303 seats, surpassing the required majority of 272 seats.

When is General Elections 2024 in India?

While the official announcement for the dates of the General Elections 2024 is pending from the Election Commission of India (ECI), speculation regarding the dates has begun circulating online. The elections are anticipated to take place in April and May 2024. The ECI is expected to make the much-anticipated announcement by the end of February or in the first week of March.

What are the probable dates for General Elections 2024 in India?

Although the ECI is yet to announce the official dates, multiple sources suggest that the elections are likely to be held in April and May 2024. The awaited announcement by the ECI is anticipated to provide clarity on the timeline.

How many phases of voting will be there in General Elections 2024?

While the exact number of phases for the General Elections 2024 is yet to be confirmed by the ECI, it is expected that the elections will be conducted in multiple phases, similar to previous elections.

How many voters are eligible to vote in General Elections 2024?

During the 2019 General Elections, India had a total of 90 crore eligible voters, with approximately 15 million first-time voters. Reports for the General Elections 2024 indicate a significant rise in the number of eligible voters, with an expected increase of 6 crore, bringing the total to 96 crore eligible voters.

General Elections 2019- A Recap

In the 2019 General Elections, the BJP-led NDA secured a substantial victory, winning 353 out of 543 seats. The BJP alone won 303 seats, establishing a majority in the elections. The main opposition party, INC (Indian National Congress), witnessed a marginal increase in seats, rising from 44 in 2014 to 52 in 2019, falling short of the required ten percent of seats to claim the status of the leader of the opposition.

Opposition INDIA: Will it pose any threat?

After facing setbacks in the 2014 and 2019 General Elections, the Congress has decided to contest the 2024 General Elections under the banner of the I.N.D.I.A. alliance. The coalition, consisting of 26 parties, includes major state-level parties such as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), among others.

However, the newly formed I.N.D.I.A. alliance encountered a setback months before the 2024 General Elections when Bihar's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JDU (Janata Dal United) decided to part ways and joined the NDA, affecting their stance against the ruling party.

List of NDA allies for General Elections 2024:

The ruling alliance of NDA, led by the BJP, comprises 36 parties united under the NDA banner, including:

  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

  • National People's Party

  • Shiv Sena

  • Nationalist Congress Party

  • Janata Dal (Secular)

  • Janata Dal (United)

  • Lok Janshakti Party

  • Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party

  • Hindustani Awam Morcha

  • Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal

  • All Jharkhand Students Union

  • Asom Gana Parishad

  • United People's Party Liberal

  • Apna Dal (Soneylal)

  • NISHAD Party

  • Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party

  • All India N.R. Congress

  • Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party

  • Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

  • Mizo National Front

  • Jannayak Janta Party

  • Haryana Lokhit Party

  • Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party

  • Indigenous People's Front of Tripura

  • Naga People's Front

  • Shiromani Akali Dal Samyukta

  • Puthiya Tamilagam

  • Bharath Dharma Jana Sena

  • Kerala Kamaraj Congress

  • Republican Party of India (Athawale)

  • Rashtriya Samaj Paksha

  • Prahar Janshakti Party

  • Jan Surajya Party

  • United Democratic Party

  • Hill State People's Democratic Party

  • Gorkha National Liberation Front

List of INDIA allies for General Elections 2024:

The I.N.D.I.A. alliance, consisting of 26 parties, including the Indian National Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, and others, will contest against the NDA in the upcoming General Elections.

  • Indian National Congress

  • Communist Party of India (Marxist)

  • Aam Aadmi Party

  • Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

  • Communist Party of India

  • Rashtriya Janata Dal

  • Jharkhand Mukti Morcha

  • Nationalist Congress Party

  • Shiv Sena

  • Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi

  • Peasants and Workers Party of India

  • Swabhimani Paksha

  • Samajwadi Party

  • Rashtriya Lok Dal

  • Apna Dal

  • Azad Samaj Party

  • Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)

  • Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party

  • Indian Union Muslim League

  • Kerala Congress (M)

  • Revolutionary Socialist Party

  • Kongunadu Makkal Desia Katchi

  • Manithaneya Makkal Katchi

  • Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

  • Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi

  • All India Forward Bloc


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