The schedule for the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh is scheduled to be revealed at a press briefing the Election Commission will hold on Friday afternoon. The briefing is scheduled to start at 3 PM at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
In the states, political fervour is already at an all-time high ahead of the assembly elections. The BJP presently controls both states, and the party plans to keep power there. The BJP has won back four out of the five states where assembly elections were held earlier this year. The Aam Aadmi Party had acquired a sizable mandate in Punjab in addition to winning consecutive terms in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa.
The BJP has controlled Gujarat, the state where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was born, for almost 27 years. The current chief minister of the state, where Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party is attempting to mount a serious challenge, is Bhupendra Rajnikant Patel. The AAP and the BJP have clashed numerous times during the tumultuous campaigns, with the controversy involving old footage of Gopal Italia serving as their most recent cause of contention. On Thursday, he was briefly detained while protests were taking place outside the National Commission for Women's office.