Lok Sabha polls 2019: BJP wants National Register of Citizens

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the 45-page manifesto titled "Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat" in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah and other top leaders of the party, including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, three days ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

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.

Earlier, the Congress party launched a scathing attack on the BJP manifesto, saying the ruling party has "simply copy pasted" its 2014 poll document and changed all previous deadlines.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, in which the saffron party has made a slew of promises ranging from lower tax rates to doubling of farmers" income by 2022.

Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda said he was hurt by some omissions in the manifesto like no concern for agricultural labour by the party that kept talking about "kisan" (farmer).

BJP supporters have demanded the removal, expressing anger at many Kashmiris' resistance to rule by India.

Repeal would bring widespread unrest, Kashmiri political leaders warned.

"The BJP's 2019 manifesto violates guidelines of the Election commission".

"Let them do it and it will pave the way for our azadi", Farooq Abdullah, president of Kashmir's National Conference party, told an election rally, referring to freedom for the region. People have now realised that their promises remain only on their website as they adopt gimmicks to stay in power.

Addressing public gathering the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at manifesto release, he said, "It is one mission, one direction for BJP".

"The party has also given a list of booths, where BJD is trying to conduct vote by force, to the CEO and hope that the central paramilitary force will be deployed at those places", Mohanty added.

The BJP promised a capital investment of 100 trillion Indian rupees ($1.44 trillion) on infrastructure by 2024, to help create jobs for the millions of youth entering the workforce every year.