India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

Minnie Murray
April 10, 2019

Modi criticised the Congress party for promising in its poll manifesto to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act if it comes to power.

"Perhaps if the BJP - a right-wing party - wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached", Khan told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will share a stage on Tuesday while campaigning for their alliance in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.

Several other ministers in the BJP-led government spoke on Monday, including the finance minister, Arun Jaitley, who said that the government "wants to expedite the path of progress".

"I never thought I would see what is happening in India right now", said the former worldwide cricket star.

Shah said the manifesto released by BJP was nothing but a document to make India a superpower. "Muslim-ness is being attacked".

In the last four years, especially after the Maharashtra Assembly elections of October 2014 before which the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance split, the Sena and Thackeray have severely criticised the Modi government and made personal remarks against the Prime Minister.

The manifesto is titled "CONGRESS WILL DELIVER".

Further challenges for Mr Modi arose when on February 19 the Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in a bomb attack in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

He said the entire country was happy when India launched air strikes on Pakistan to destroy the terror camp but there was gloom in Pakistan and in the camp of "Rahul Baba and company".

Taking a dig at Pakistan, Modi said first they came in media and said they had two pilots in their captivity but by evening they said they only had one pilot.

Everywhere in the country it was the chant of "Modi Modi" besides people too wished that the Modi government will back in the saddle after the poll, he said while addressing a BJP election rally for the April 11 Lok Sabha Election in Shamshabad near here on Tuesday.

Khan said that it was vital for Pakistan to have peace with its neighbours, Afghanistan, India and Iran, if it was to have the kind of economy needed to pull 100 million people out of poverty.

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