India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

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Congress MP Ahmed Patel said, "The difference between BJP manifesto and Congress manifesto can be seen firstly from the cover page itself".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on April 8, released their party manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 with the tagline "Phir Ek Bar, Modi Sarkar".

He said the BJP should start packing as people would reject its false promises and throw the party out of power, and that the party should have issued a "maafinama" (apology letter) instead of a "jhansa patra".

Balancing populist welfare initiatives with muscular nationalism, the ruling BJP on Monday released its manifesto for the high-stakes Lok Sabha polls promising pension to 15 crore marginal farmers and small shopkeepers to counter the Congress' minimum income scheme, while vowing to extend Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) to the entire nation to push out infiltrators and show zero tolerance to terror. This means the promises made in manifesto have not been kept and it is akin to cheating people.

For rural development, the BJP promised to spend Rs 25 lakh crore in the next five years.

He also questioned how the BJP meant to double farmers' income considering that at the current rate of agricultural growth of 2.9 per cent, it would take 28 years.

The latest estimate is down sharply from the alliance's current tally of 330 seats secured when Modi swept to power in 2014, promising to transform Asia's third-largest economy.

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"Every month, Modiji is adding Rs 45,000 crore debt to the country", he said.

"The BJP's campaign is largely around nationalism, national security and this is what is getting echoed in their manifesto", said Sanjay Kumar, director of think-tank the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for an error in the saffron party's manifesto which was released on Monday.

"Congress President Rahul Gandhi answered over half a dozen questions of reporters whereas the Prime Minister and BJP leaders answered none".

The top complaints the panel has ruled on or is examining are a speech by the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath of the BJP, in which he associated the armed forces with Modi by calling them "Modi's soldiers", the panel says on its website.

"No answers on their 5 years?"