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

Questioning the BJP-led government on its earlier promises made in the manifesto for the 2014 elections, the Congress also released a list of 125 questions on "broken promises".

"Unveiling the 45-page party manifesto Amit Shah said, We are going with 75 promises to people, to celebrate 75 years of independence".

According to the manifesto, the party will scrap Article 35A, a decades-old law providing special rights to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir state."We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state", the party's manifesto said of the law that prevents non-residents from buying property in the state.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be thrown out of power and politics.

The panel, which has a staff of 300 at its headquarters in New Delhi, and more in the states, has said it is impartial and acting against the guilty irrespective of party affiliation.

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.

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.

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

The party promised that it would continue with the simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) process by engaging in dialogue with all the stakeholders.

The main opposition Congress party released its manifesto last week, blasting the Hindu nationalist BJP for working "to divide the nation".

Ahead of a general election that starts next week, the Election Commission of India (ECI) says it is swamped with hundreds of thousands of such questions and complaints of alleged violation of election rules, known as the model code of conduct.

"People can not believe them and they should tender an apology to the people as they have only worked for the capitalists", the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president said.

Voters will elect 543 of 545 MPs to India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.

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