BJP manifesto a bunch of lies: Congress

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Mr. Surjewala said no BJP leader, whether it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi or party president Amit Shah, Ministers Rajnath Singh or Sushma Swaraj, spoke on these crucial issues.

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

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is widely expected to retain power after a general election that starts on Thursday, though with a much smaller mandate, hit by concerns over a shortage of jobs and weak farm prices. "The world has drastically changed because of social media and things like that, the policies sometimes are lagging behind and procedures, which have to be followed, make us slow", said the official at the ECI, which has 300 people in its headquarters and others in states.

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.

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. But the assurance was not fulfilled even after BJP ruled for five years at the Centre.

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The main opposition Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi is seeking alliances with regional parties to thwart Modi, accusing the BJP of undermining India's secular foundations.

The party also pledged to simplify the goods and services tax, which disrupted businesses and hurt economic growth when Modi introduced it in 2017.

"People can not believe them and they should tender an apology to the people as they have only worked for the capitalists", the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president said.

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

The "Sankalp Patra" (document of resolve) of the BJP had 75 definitive, time-bound targets for the country, he said, adding, "We want people to hold us accountable".

Voters will elect 543 of 545 MPs to India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.

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