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From The Editor-in-Chief

India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie talks about how the election in UP, with all its complex political equations, is actually a general election within a general election.

The road to power in New Delhi, they say, goes through Uttar Pradesh. Nine of India's 14 prime ministers have been elected from one of the state's 80 constituencies. The state's 144 million voters make it India's political pivot. When Narendra Modi wanted to capture power in New Delhi, he chose to contest from Varanasi. The BJP won 71 seats in UP in 2014, a fourth

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