The ongoing assembly election in Uttar Pradesh has proved to be a high-octane, intense three way battle between the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, the BJP and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party. While the Samajwadi Party aims to retain power in the state - this time with the help of the Congress, the BJP and BSP want to regain control after 15 and five years respectively. The last of the seven phases will take place in 40 constituencies across seven districts on March 8, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency of Varanasi. The results will be declared on March 11.
The election is a big test for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is banking on his slogan of 'Kaam Bolta Hai' (work speaks), and his alliance partner Congress, which is in dire need of a political resurgence. The election is also seen as the first big challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, following the demonetisation drive. The party had won a whopping 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general elections. For the Bahujan Samaj Party, it is a make or break election as they had failed to win even a single Lok Sabha seat.
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