Bihar elections have a date. Gone for the weekend.

It’s been a long week, thus the dearth of posts. I was working on a lengthy post about how different demographic variables are coded, but that will have to wait for next week.

The Bihar legislative assembly election dates were announced yesterday. There will be five phases of the election, starting with October 12 and ending with November 5, with the final vote count to be done on November 8. The questionnaire design and sampling for the Bihar polls with Lokniti have begun. The pre-polls that have been publicly released are expecting a close contest between the Lalu-Nitish-Congress “secular alliance” and the BJP plus its allies. More on what all that means in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I would recommend reading the insights of Yogendra Yadav, the pollster-turned-politician who started the Lokniti unit at CSDS.

I am going to Amritsar for the weekend to see the Golden Temple, eat Punjabi food, and see the elaborate nationalistic dance between Indian and Pakistani forces on the Wagah border. Until Monday, all quiet on the blogging front.

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