Why Modi is no longer certain to win India's mega-election

India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

BJP goofs up on women's safety in manifesto

Earlier in the day, the BJP 's 43-page manifesto has introduced a number of perks for women in its Lok Sabha election manifesto which was released today by PM Narendra Modi, along with the BJP's top leadership including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. "Had Congress leaders acted wisely during the pre-independence era, this Pakistan would not have born", Modi stated.

In the first phase, voting will take place in all seats in eight states and two Union Territories.

The Election Commission on Monday said that predictions about election results by astrologers, tarot card readers and others in media when there is a ban on broadcasting exit polls are a violation of law.

The uneasy relationship between Thackeray and Modi was evident even at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in December 2016, the last event that the two leaders attended together.

India's general elections are scheduled to be held in seven phases starting from April 11.

Continuing his attack on the Congress' election manifesto, PM Modi said their manifesto stood for Pakistan more than for India on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and terrorism.

BJP to release manifesto for Lok Sabha polls today
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.

Campaigning in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency, where 185 candidates are in the fray, will end at 6 pm and in 13 extremists-affected assembly seats covering five districts will end at 4 pm on Tuesday, Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said.

Meanwhile, multiple opinion polls have predicted BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win again.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party hoping to return to power for a second five-year term laid out their platform, emphasizing national security and economic development. In the last election the alliance won more than 330 seats - the biggest mandate in three decades.

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.

Khan did appear to offer India an olive branch, saying that Islamabad was determined to dismantle all Pakistan-based militias in the country, and that the government had full support from Pakistan's powerful army for the programme.

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