Top of the Morning

Markets reach new highs after exit poll results

Episode Summary

Goodbye Vistara, how to conduct polls for 1 billion voters

Episode Notes

Welcome to Top of the Morning by Mint, your weekday newscast that brings you five major stories from the world of business. It's Tuesday, June 4, 2024. My name is Nelson John. Let's get started:


The markets surged on Monday, after every exit poll predicted the BJP to come back to power. Nifty was up 3.25 percent, while Sensex surged by 3.39 percent. Experts told Ram Sahgal and Dipti Sharma that the markets could still zoom by 2 to 3 percent today if the BJP wins 400 or more seats. However, some of them advised caution: this sudden uptick could mostly be attributed to the election resultsn, but the highs may not last too long if investors start quickly booking their profits later in the week.


While the stock market is already seeing a huge push, what about India's economy? The world's fastest growing economy needs some energy to sustain the run it is on. N. Madhavan writes that a third term with a stable government at the helm can bring about policy changes and unleash new reforms that could accelerate India's growth. While the infamous GST has finally settled into India's economic framework more than seven years after it was introduced, other areas like labour, land, and agriculture need to be relooked at by the next government.


It's simple enough to say that the next government "has to fix the economy". It's a broad target, and one that is understandably difficult to achieve. Our partners at list out some other challenges that need fixing: joblessness, private capital expenditure, and exports to name a few. Along with these ideas, they add some charts to show the potential that India has in excelling in these fields, but there's still work to be done. In particular, this story notes that a determined government could help India and its economy reach its full potential.


It's time to say good bye to Vistara: by the end of 2024, the Tata Group plans on shuttering the Vistara brand. Anu Sharma reports that the Tatas plan on starting 2025 with just two main brands: Air India, and Air India Express, its low-cost counterpart. After a lengthy process, the Tata Group won the ownership of Air India in 2022 — welcoming the airline it had first started. It had planned to integrate all three of its brands: Air India, Vistara, and Air Asia into a simplified version, which will now just have Air India and AI Express in around 8 months.


Conducting the world's biggest exercise in democracy is not a simple feat. The polling, which lasted for 7 phases across 44 days, finally came to an end last week. But the preparation for these 44 days begins months in advance. Krishna Yadav presents an on-ground report on how difficult it is to organise such a humongous activity for millions of voters across the length and breadth of India. He travels from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh, and speaks to prior and current officials in charge of making sure that every India can try and cast their vote. From security to routes to the voting ink, read this story for a great overview of how difficult the entire process is.


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Show notes:

Market to take cues from surprises to exit poll results

Will the poll give India’s economy another boost?

The five big economic challenges before the new government 

Air India to operate as merged entity from 2025; no Vistara brand by year-end

How Election Commission orchestrated the ‘big fat Indian wedding’