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New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost three crucial bypolls in Uttar Pradesh. The loss questioned if the BJP enjoyed public support, which had helped the party win 71 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general elections and return to power in the state in 2017 after the assembly elections.

First the party lost the Gorakhpur by-election, which was represented by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, and the Phulpur by-election, earlier represented by deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

“It is unfair to compare the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with the bypolls in Uttar Pradesh. The three bypolls were not a test of the government or to elect Prime Minister of the country. There was no threat to the government during the bypolls and it was not a test of the Prime Minister," according to a senior BJP leader part of the election campaign.

Also read: Uttar Pradesh Exit Poll 2019 Live Updates

The battle for Uttar Pradesh is important for the BJP since the state will not just elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but is also crucial for the party since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 73 seats in the 2014 general elections and was instrumental in helping the BJP form a majority government on its own.

The 2019 general elections in Uttar Pradesh is also important because it will be a test for the state government under Yogi Adityanath. It is after a gap of nearly 15 years that the BJP returned to power in Uttar Pradesh in the 2017 assembly elections and the party would try to retain its electoral dominance in the state.

“Uttar Pradesh is the biggest state and sends the maximum number of Members of Parliament (MPs). The state is also crucial because the impact of the government’s welfare schemes are also the most in Uttar Pradesh because it is the largest state in the country. We are hopeful that the pro-poor work done by the government will help the BJP," said the BJP leader quoted above.

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