Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

India’s Modi makes election vow to remove Kashmir’s special rights

India’s Modi makes election vow to remove Kashmir’s special rights

Mr Modi said the party shall move ahead with One Mission, One Direction to enrich the country.

"Unveiling the 45-page party manifesto Amit Shah said, We are going with 75 promises to people, to celebrate 75 years of independence". But over the last month, support for Modi's Hindu nationalist party has grown following a spike in tension with Pakistan, the polls say.

The BJP manifesto mentions the scrapping of the Article 370 which gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. "We will make all efforts to clarify the issues to the sections of population from the Northeastern states who have expressed apprehensions regarding the legislation".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party hoping to return to power for a second five-year term laid out their platform on Monday, emphasizing national security and economic development.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, the leader of a left party in Kashmir, warned of "disastrous and unimaginable repercussions".

The BJP president said that Sankalp Patra was prepared after consulting 6 crore people.

Voting in the general election begins on Thursday, but with about 900 million eligible voters, will be spread across several weeks, with ballots counted on May 23.

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.

He said PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana will be implemented for all the farmers in the country and pension will be ensured for small and marginal farmers after 60 years of age.

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

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