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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah, display copies of their party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi April 8, 2019.

The Congress leader added that while the BJP had promised to bring back Rs 80 lakh crore in black money and deposit Rs 15 lakh in each Indian's bank account, "in reality, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya looted Rs 1 lakh crore of the taxpayer's money and fled the country right under Modi's nose".

Pollsters say the BJP's re-election bid got a boost from recent hostilities with arch-rival Pakistan, after a militant group based there claimed a February suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian security forces in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

The Commission is also examining a representation against the planned release of a biopic titled "PM Narendra Modi" this month.

Kashmir's special constitutional status prevents outsiders from buying property in the state, among other restrictions.

"In the last five years, we have made all necessary efforts to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir through decisive actions and a firm policy", it said in the manifesto.

"We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state", the BJP manifesto said, referring to the 1954 amendment to the constitution.

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

Even as it stuck to its narrative of strident and combative nationalism, the BJP on Monday tried to embellish it with a heavy dose of welfarism by bringing out a manifesto that tried to address numerous socio-economic issues that have come to dominate the political discourse.

Political leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir, where India is fighting an armed rebellion against its rule, have warned that repealing the law would lead to widespread unrest. "We want to fight poverty rather than sit inside air-conditioned rooms".

Around 900 million people are eligible to vote in the elections, which will begin on Thursday. Endorsing speeches by party colleagues at the manifesto launch, Modi asserted nationalism is BJP's inspiration, inclusion its philosophy and good governance its mantra.

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


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