India's BJP releases manifesto ahead of upcoming elections

India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

He said Modi, like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was electioneering based on "fear and nationalist feeling".

"The BJP's campaign is largely around nationalism, national security and this is what is getting echoed in their manifesto", said Sanjay Kumar, director of thinktank the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Earlier in the day, the BJP 's 43-page manifesto has introduced a number of perks for women in its Lok Sabha election manifesto which was released today by PM Narendra Modi, along with the BJP's top leadership including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Khan said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over disputed Indian-controlled Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right.

"Eliminating terrorists in their homes is the policy of new India", Modi said while addressing an election rally in Latur in Maharashtra.

The prime minister said there was still the possibility if the polls turn against Modi in the next few weeks that India could take some further military action against Pakistan.

Groups of Hindu nationalists are increasingly carrying out attacks against Muslims to protect revered cattle - known as "cow vigilante mobs" - killing 24 people since 2010. "Congress and Pakistan both want those who spread terror and want India to break into pieces roam freely in the country", Modi stated, addressing a huge public gathering in the southern state of Maharashtra. Those to be dismantled include groups involved in Kashmir.

"One camp is of patriots of BJP led by Narendra Modi and NDA allies and the other camp is led by Rahul Baba and gathbandhan", he said.

The prime minister said that the Congress manifesto speaks for Pakistan when it says that Article 370 will never be scrapped.

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.

India's ruling party released its election manifesto on Monday, three days before the start of a multi-phase general election in the world's largest democracy.

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