BJP releases election manifesto, vows to strip Kashmiris of special rights

Minnie Murray
April 9, 2019

New Delhi: Calling the BJP's manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls a "vision document", head of the party's manifesto committee Rajnath Singh on Monday said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fully committed on nationalism and zero tolerance towards terrorism. People will not accept your "jhansa patra" anymore.

The BJP leader added that PM Modi is committed for the welfare of the nation and would not hesitate to die for it becuase he has no other agenda.

The Congress rubbished the BJP's claim of doubling farmers' income and pointed out it would take 28 years to do so at the current rate of agricultural growth.

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. "He is only anxious about the country", he said.

The BJP has renominated Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi and fielded Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the BJP should have come out with a "maafinama" (letter of apology) instead of a manifesto.

With its strikes on terror, the Modi-led government had sent out a strong message that India could not be taken lightly, the BJP chief said.

Complaints against Congress President Rahul Gandhi focus on his allegations of corruption over a warplane deal struck by the Modi government.

India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party said today it would remove decades-old special rights for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, making an election promise that could provoke a backlash in the country's volatile only Muslim majority state. To begin with, the opposition parties are alleging that the film's release was scheduled for April 5 with the sole intention to influence the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and therefore, the Opposition has asked that the films release should be deferred till the elections are over.

It dismissed the BJP manifesto as anti-farmer, despite its pledge of a pension scheme for small and marginal farmers who make up more than 80 percent of India's estimated 263 million farmers, with landholdings smaller than 2 hectares [5 acres].

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