Soumyadeep Chowdhury, East Asia Forum:
As India braces for winter, the electoral heat is rising in the poll-bound states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Both states have been governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since the 2017 state assembly elections.
Gujarat, the laboratory of the Hindu nationalist ideology of Hindutva and the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, has been governed by the BJP since 1995. Himachal Pradesh has witnessed alternating governments led by the BJP and the Indian National Congress (INC) since the 1990s.