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India's BJP releases manifesto ahead of upcoming elections India News



India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) has made 75 promises, which include the contentious decision to scrap a decade-old law providing special rights to the residents of disputed Kashmir region Narendra Modi's Prime Minister BJP has consistently advocated Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents non-residents from buying property in Indian-owned Kashmir, arguing that such laws have hindered its integration with the rest of the country.

"We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state," the party's manifesto said. against its rule, have warned that repealing the law would not lead to widespread.

Modi has made his strong stance on national security of the BJP's election campaign, full A recent flare-up in archives with arch foe Pakistan, which also claims to Kashmir.

"Nationalism is our inspiration," Prime Minister said at the release of the BJP's election manifesto at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

Amit Shah, the head of the Hindu nationalist party, along with other top leaders released the BJP manifesto for the upcoming elections that begin on Thursday

The BJP also promised to reserve 33 percent or seats in the Indian parliament and state assemblies for women, if it is voted back to power.

"Women's welfare and development will be accorded high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is committed to 33 percent reservation. parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment, "the manifesto said.

Al Jazeera's Faiz Jamil, reporting from New Delhi, said these manifestos are the intent ̵

1; not necessarily what the governments are going to do. 59005] "Among the more controversial promises is to create a uniform civil code – currently under the constitution, different religions have different civil code rights, particularly for marriage and inheritance," he said.

"They also want to pass the citizenship bill – a measure that would allow immigrants from neighboring countries who are not Muslim to get Indian citizenship. "

Farm income

help create jobs for millions of people entering the workforce every year.

The party pledged to simplify the goods and services tax (GST), which disrupted businesses and hurt economic growth when it was introduced by Modi's government in 2017. [19659005] The party said it was committed to building a temple for Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya in place of medieval era Babri mosque, which was demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992.

The main opposition Congre ss party led by Rahul Gandhi is seeking alliances with regional parties to the modes, accusing the BJP of undermining India's secular foundations.

Surveys suggest the BJP is the frontrunner going into the election, although some may have lost the clear majority it won five years ago.

National elections will see close to 900 million voters cast their ballots in nearly one million polling booths – the world's biggest ever democratic exercise. of parliament, the Lok Sabha.

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