India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

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The National Democratic Alliance, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and is made up of other regional parties, is taking on the main opposition Congress Party.

With the manifesto tagline "Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat", the BJP promised to deliver on 75 promises by the 75th year of Independence in 2022 and pave the way for making India a developed nation by 2047 - the 100th anniversary of Independence.

Modi's BJP has consistently advocated ending Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents non-residents from buying property in Indian-administered Kashmir, arguing that such laws have hindered its integration with the rest of the country.

"Addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit from where he is contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election, Varun Gandhi said", Few people from my family have been prime ministers but the kind of prestige PM Modi has brought to India, nobody else has done for the country for a long time.

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

But political leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir have warned that repealing the law could lead to unrest. People have now realised that their promises remain only on their website as they adopt gimmicks to stay in power. "But in the last five years, he has buried the country under debt", Surjewala said, adding that the BJP-ruled government borrowed over Rs 27 lakh crore between 2014 and 2018.

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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 passing of the Citizenship bill was included in the manifesto.

"It is not just announcements that the document has made, but pledges that the party has made to itself to deliver to the people", the external affairs minister said.

"The BJP's 2019 manifesto violates guidelines of the Election commission".

India's ruling party has released its election manifesto three days before polling in the world's largest democracy begins.

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