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The BJP has consistently advocated an end to occupied Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents outsiders from buying property there, arguing that such laws have hindered its "integration" with the rest of India.

"Nationalism is our inspiration", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the release of the BJP's election manifesto at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

Earlier, the Congress party launched a scathing attack on the BJP manifesto, saying the ruling party has "simply copy pasted" its 2014 poll document and changed all previous deadlines.

The passing of the Citizenship bill was included in the manifesto.

Modi has made his strong stance on national security a key part of the BJP's election campaign, following a recent flare up in tensions with arch foe Pakistan, which also lays claims to Kashmir.

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.

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"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.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, the leader of a left party in Kashmir, warned of "disastrous and unimaginable repercussions". But the assurance was not fulfilled even after BJP ruled for five years at the Centre. People have now realised that their promises remain only on their website as they adopt gimmicks to stay in power. 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.

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

The party pledged to simplify the goods and services tax (GST), which disrupted businesses and hurt economic growth when it was introduced by Modi's government in 2017.

The BJP and the Modi government "should have issued an action-taken report, instead of the new manifesto, but they do not have the courage to do so", she added.


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