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He said Kashmir was a political struggle and there was no military solution, adding that Kashmiris suffered if armed militants from Pakistan came across the border, leading to Indian army crackdowns.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said one of his manifesto pledges would include ending Kashmir's special autonomous status, which has been in place since 1954. Congress's manifesto and Pakistan speak same language on Kashmir related issues.

The party shared a screenshot of one of points in the party manifesto, which reads: "Women's security will be given more priority".

The nominees from the seat are: Muhammad Akbar Lone of the National Conference, Farooq Ahmad Mir of the Congress, Raja Aijaz Ali of the People's Conference, Mohammad Maqbool War of the BJP, Jahangir Khan of the NPP, Abdul Qayoom Wani of the PDP and independent candidates Javid Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Najeeb Shah Naqvi and Abdul Rashid Sheikh.

The prime minister said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Indian-occupied Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was visiting Assam, Bihar, and Odisha.

PM Modi said those who talk of a separate PM and secession of Jammu and Kashmir are the ones whom the nation had trusted once.

Since Modi and the BJP took power in 2014, there has been rising violence against India's minority Muslim population.

Shah said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), like the Congress, was a party of family rule and claimed that only the BJP can work for the country's development and make it strong.

Maharashtra will to the polls in four of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections that begin on April 11 and ends on May 19.

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.

"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. Later in the evening, Modi will reach Tamil Nadu where he will take the BJP rally forward to Coimbatore.


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