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

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks after releasing India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s election manifesto for the April/May general election, in New Delhi, April 8, 2019.

The "Sankalp Patra' (document of resolve) released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also assured a plethora of measures including strong action against terrorism".

The manisfesto also includes promises to construct Ram Mandir and double the income of farmers for which the party has made a separate manifesto called the 'Kisan manifesto'.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party's election campaign, with "Phir ek baar, Modi sarkar (Modi government, once more)" as the tag line. Only the headline has been changed.

Surveys suggest the BJP is the front-runner going into the election, although some have said it could lose the clear majority it won five years ago.

On the economic front, the party said it aspired to make India the third-largest economy of the world by 2030, adding, "This implies that we commit to make India a Dollars 5 trillion economy by 2025 and USD 10 trillion economy by 2032".

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.

"We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state", the party said, referring to a constitutional provision dating from 1954, and reiterated its long-held desire to abolish occupied Kashmir's autonomous status by scrapping another law known as Article 370.

In his remarks at the event, the BJP chief said Modi had done justice to every section of the society, with cooking gas connections given in the rural areas, housing and affordable healthcare for all and welfare schemes for farmers.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha polls will begin on April 11 and continue till May 19.

The document was rooted in reality, the finance minister added.

Today the party said it would get rid of decades-old special rights for the people of Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir.


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