In the last Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led BJP had won 282 seats, reducing the Congress strength to 44 from 145 it had won in 2009 general elections. With its brute majority in the lower house of Parliament, the BJP-led NDA had passed contentious bills like the Goods & Services Tax (GST) and the instant triple bill. Towards the end of its tenure, the saffron party lost crucial elections in Hindi-heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, all eyes will be on Uttar Pradesh where the BJP had won 71 seats out of 80 the state sends to Parliament. Drubbed in the last elections, the Congress is likely to forge an alliance with like-minded parties to take on the BJP.