BJP manifesto a bunch of lies: Congress

BJP manifesto a bunch of lies: Congress

BJP manifesto a bunch of lies: Congress

The manifesto was released in the presence of party president Amit Shah and Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Thawarchand Gehlot.

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.

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.

The ruling BJP released its manifesto three days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda said he was hurt by some omissions in the manifesto like no concern for agricultural labour by the party that kept talking about "kisan" (farmer).

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be thrown out of power and politics. Most Kashmiris support the demand that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country, while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian rule.


People walk past the Election Commission of India office building in New Delhi, India March 11, 2019.

Political leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir, where India is fighting an armed insurgency against its rule, have warned that repealing the law would lead to widespread unrest. "They are wrong. We will fight against it".

"The party has also given a list of booths, where BJD is trying to conduct vote by force, to the CEO and hope that the central paramilitary force will be deployed at those places", Mohanty added.

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].

Senior party leaders, including Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala among others, also released a document that detailed 125 "failed promises" by the BJP after five years in government.

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.

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