India’s Modi makes election vow to remove Kashmir’s special rights

India’s Modi makes election vow to remove Kashmir’s special rights

India’s Modi makes election vow to remove Kashmir’s special rights

The National Democratic Alliance, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and is made up of other regional parties, is taking on the main opposition Congress Party.

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.

India's ruling party has released its election manifesto three days before polling in the world's largest democracy begins.

In his write-up in the manifesto, Shah said: "In its tenure of five years, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been able to take many decisions which are historic and has ushered in a comprehensive and fundamental transformation".

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

The prime minister said the BJP's manifesto was a "multi-layered and multi-dimensional" document that addressed the expectations and aspirations of all sections of the society.

Political leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir, where India is fighting an armed insurgency against its rule, have warned that repealing the law would lead to widespread unrest.

"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. Counting is scheduled to take place on May 23.While Varun is contesting from his mother's constituency, Maneka will fight the upcoming Lok Sabha poll from Varun's earlier constituency, Sultanpur.

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.

"Will give Rs 6,000 yearly income support to farmers and pension to small and marginal farmers above 60 years of age", Singh said.

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

The "Sankalp Patra" (document of resolve) of the BJP had 75 definitive, time-bound targets for the country, he said, adding, "We want people to hold us accountable".

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