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BJP to release manifesto for Lok Sabha polls today

BJP to release manifesto for Lok Sabha polls today

The BJP manifesto was released by Modi on Monday in the presence of the party's top brass.

Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said BJP's multi-layered and multi-dimensional manifesto addresses needs of all sections of society.

Modi ordered air strikes in February on the suspected camp of a militant group based in Pakistan that had claimed responsibility for a deadly auto bombing in disputed Kashmir, dramatically ratcheting up tension with the neighbouring nation.

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

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.

BJP supporters have demanded the removal, expressing anger at many Kashmiris' resistance to rule by India, which has spent three decades battling an armed insurgency in the region also claimed by Pakistan.

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He said the BJP should start packing as people would reject its false promises and throw the party out of power, and that the party should have issued a "maafinama" (apology letter) instead of a "jhansa patra".

"Let them do it and it will pave the way for our azadi", Farooq Abdullah, president of Kashmir's National Conference party, told an election rally, referring to freedom for the region. Votes will be counted on May 23.

"Will give Rs 6,000 yearly income support to farmers and pension to small and marginal farmers above 60 years of age", Singh said.

Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala reminded BJP of its promises in different sectors and accused it of failing to deliver on every front.

The Congress leader added that while the BJP had promised to bring back Rs 80 lakh crore in black money and deposit Rs 15 lakh in each Indian's bank account, "in reality, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya looted Rs 1 lakh crore of the taxpayer's money and fled the country right under Modi's nose".

The party promised that it would continue with the simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) process by engaging in dialogue with all the stakeholders.