India's BJP releases manifesto ahead of upcoming elections

India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will share a stage on Tuesday while campaigning for their alliance in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.

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

While PM Modi has been leading the BJP charge all over the country this election season, he has been scathing in his criticism of rival parties in Karnataka in particular.

Shiv Sena had been in tandem over supporting the BJP as the former had been criticising the ruling dispensation over its policies but post Pulwama attack, the latter joined in with the BJP and said, that 'it's the nation which comes first and then the petty politics'. "Had Congress leaders acted wisely during the pre-independence era, this Pakistan would not have born", Modi stated.

Slamming Congress-NCP alliance for backing separate PM for Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said, "The country has no expectations with Congress party but Sharad sahab you!"

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

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Modi was referring to National Conference leader Omar Abdullah's remark in this connection. "Your trust is my biggest accomplishment in last five years", Modi told Maharashtra.

The national elections will see close to 900 million voters cast their ballots in almost a million polling booths - the world's biggest ever democratic exercise.

PM Modi, while speaking at the Latur rally said, "I have come to know that you are sitting here since 9.30 AM".

As the silence period began, the election rallies and street corner meetings ended in the 91 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP and Thackeray have held a few joint public meetings after the BJP and Shiv Sena renewed their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections and made a decision to contest 25 and 23 Lok Sabha seats respectively. Counting of votes of all phases will be on May 27.

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