Of all the forthcoming assembly elections, the results in Assam are likely to have the biggest impact on national politics, since it's a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP. The local AIUDF is also capable of causing both parties some damage.
This is the only state where the BJP can realistically make a breakthrough, since its prospects don't look very bright in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala or Puducherry.
Assam has lately been in the news for rising communal tensions, but there has been hardly any discussion regarding the socio-economic health of the state.
Here are a few numbers that the electorate must keep in mind before casting their vote on 4 and 11 April.
About 98.4% of the state's landmass is rural, where agriculture is a major occupation, generating employment for 75% of the state, either directly or indirectly.
It is clear from the above facts that Assam has to improve its agriculture, children's healthcare, law and order, and its economy.
However, the state's socio-economic future seems to have taken a back seat; instead, the main issues are anti-incumbency against Tarun Gogoi, Bangladeshi immigrants, and ethnicity.