Stock Market Trends After Lok Sabha Elections Insights

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Author: Hriday Verma

Published: June 5, 2024

The Indian stock market has always been closely linked to politics. Lok Sabha elections are no different. Investors keenly watch election outcomes, anticipating their impact on market behavior. In this article, we’ll look at historical trends. We’ll explore what to expect after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

1. Post-Election Returns

Historically, the stock market tends to react well to election results. The results must favor a pro-business and stable government with a clear majority. After the last five general elections, the following patterns emerged:

  • Stocks usually turn up within three months of election results.
  • Sectoral Performance: Positive returns are observed across various sectors six months post-elections.

2. Policy Continuity and Investor Sentiment

The 2024 Lok Sabha election approached. The market factored in policy continuity. It assumed the current government would stay in power. Opinion polls projected that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would win 315-329 seats. The polls said the INDI Alliance would not return. Investors showed interest because macro variables improved. The government focused on infrastructure development and kept fiscal prudence.

3. Voter Turnout and Market Impact

Volatility rose during the election. It was driven by worries about low voter turnout. Historical data fails to show a clear link between voter turnout and election outcomes. Voter behavior varies based on the prevailing narrative. For instance, the NDA retained power in 1999 despite low turnout. But, the NDA lost to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2004. Turnout was similarly low.

4. Volatility and Election Uncertainty

Volatility tends to spike as elections approach. It then falls after the election. Investors face uncertainty now. Market sentiment stabilizes once outcomes become clear. The Indian stock market was very volatile during the 2024 election season. It reflected this pattern.


While past elections provide insights, each election is unique. Investors should be cautious. They should consider both past trends and the context of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. As the results unfold, opportunities may arise. Wise investors should be ready to profit from any market dips.

Remember, investing involves risks, and seeking professional advice is crucial. Stay informed, stay patient, and keep an eye on market developments post-election.

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