Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

India election SHOCK: Alliance to LOSE majority despite support over Pakistan tensions

India election SHOCK: Alliance to LOSE majority despite support over Pakistan tensions

"Perhaps if the BJP - a right-wing party - wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached", Khan told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview.

As BJP is in alliance with Shiv Sena, the face of both the party, PM Narendra Modi and Uddhav Thackeray are sharing the dais in a show of strength and unity to the voters and a sense of "warning" to the electoral alliance of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.

This was despite the massive alienation that Muslims in Kashmir and Muslims in general were facing in PM Modi's India, said Imran Khan, who took office last August.

"I never thought I would see what is happening in India right now", said the former global cricket star.

Modi has addressed a few rallies in Maharashtra, including at Wardha and Gondia in Vidarbha, apart from Nanded in Marathwada from where state Congress president and former chief minister Ashok Chavan is seeking re-election.

Imran Khan did appear to offer India an olive branch, saying that Islamabad was determined to dismantle all Pakistan-based terror groups in the country, and that the government had full support from Pakistan's powerful army for the programme.

Jaitley also cited an Indian airstrike against an alleged terrorist camp in Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 40 Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir in February as proof that the incumbents have taken a hard stand against terrorism.

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

"We didn't talk of air strike in manifesto, but carried it out when warranted", PM Modi added.

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, emphasizing national security and economic development.

Pakistan responded by sending war planes into Indian Kashmir the next day. India described the claim as irresponsible.

Modi's BJP has consistently advocated ending Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents non-residents from buying property in Indian-administered Kashmir, arguing that such laws have hindered its integration with the rest of the country.

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