BJP to release manifesto for Lok Sabha polls today

PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah, greet each other before releasing their party's election manifesto on Wednesday. He also added that BJP is going forward with 75 resolutions that they fulfil by the year 2022 when India completes 75 years of independence.

The BJP has consistently advocated an end to occupied Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents outsiders from buying property there, arguing that such laws have hindered its "integration" with the rest of India.

The manifesto further highlighted the "apprehensions of the people from the Northeast" and said that the bill will protect the linguistic identity of the Northeast states.

"We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state", the party's manifesto said.

Political leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir, where India is fighting an armed insurgency against its rule, have warned that repealing the law would lead to widespread unrest.

Did Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi break election rules by addressing the nation on an anti-satellite test recently?

PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi

The BJP also promised capital investment of $1.44 trillion in infrastructure by 2024, to help create jobs for millions entering the workforce each year.

But the model code of conduct has became a joke, said Tarun Kumar, an official of the main opposition Congress party, because NaMO TV, a recently launched television channel that broadcasts Modi's rallies live, as well as promotional material for the ruling party, was still on air, despite complaints.

The national elections will see close to 900 million voters cast their ballots in almost a million polling booths - the world's biggest ever democratic exercise.

Tearing into the BJP's election manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress on Monday dubbed it a "jhansa patra" (document of deceit) and said important issues like jobs, GST, black money and demonetisation are missing from the whole announcement exercise.

The prime minister said the BJP's manifesto was a "multi-layered and multi-dimensional" document that addressed the expectations and aspirations of all sections of the society.

Voters will elect 543 of 545 MPs to India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.

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