Congress, AAP mock BJP manifesto error on women

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But the BJP has doubled down on national security issues, promising in its manifesto released on Monday to strip decades-old special rights from the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Modi's BJP has consistently advocated ending Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents non-residents from buying property in Indian-administered Kashmir, arguing that such laws have hindered its integration with the rest of the country.

"We are committed to overcome all obstacles in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all the regions of the state".

"Primarily, the BJP has been unable to sufficiently distinguish itself from Congress when it comes to making people feel the difference in terms of their livelihoods and economic interests".

This led the head of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen political party to tell Reuters Muslims had "never felt so marginalised in the independent history of India".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday held Congress responsible for the creation of Pakistan.

Khan 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 disputed Indian-controlled Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right.

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The Congress promise to review the AFSPA and revoke the sedition law has prompted sharp reactions from the BJP.

In the last four years, especially after the Maharashtra Assembly elections of October 2014 before which the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance split, the Sena and Thackeray have severely criticised the Modi government and made personal remarks against the Prime Minister.

Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come under fire over its handling of the Indian economy, particularly its failure to create jobs for the millions of youths coming on the labour market each year and the severe debts hitting farmers.

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

The Hindu nationalist party said it will pass a controversial citizenship bill that would grant Indian nationality to Hindus from neighbouring countries.

Campaigning ended on Tuesday for the first phase of polling for the 17th Lok Sabha election scheduled for Thursday.

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

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