BJP releases election manifesto, pledges to scrap special status for J&K

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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its Lok Sabha election manifesto in presence of PM Narendra Modi. Top BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were also present at the event.

In the 48-page manifesto, the BJP has laid out its vision in the field of agriculture, education, and robust nationalism for the next five years.

About Jammu and Kashmir, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will scrap a decades-old law providing special rights to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir state, according to the party’s election manifesto released on Monday.

“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.

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

As per reports, Presenting the BJP manifesto, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the BJP drafted the Lok Sabha election manifesto after constituting a committee headed by Rajnath Singh himself and 12 other sub-committees.

“The manifesto is a vision document of 130 crore people of the country. We approached the people with 300 raths, Mann ki Baat programmes, and social media to consult them over the manifesto,” Rajnath Singh said.

The BJP manifesto also has a clause reserved for the Ram Mandir and promises to construct the Ram Mandir within the framework of the Constitution.

“We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary efforts to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” the BJP manifesto reads.

For the small trader, the BJP manifesto promises to establish National Traders’ Welfare Board and create a National Policy for Retail Trade for the growth of retail businesses.

To protect the interests of small traders, the BJP manifesto promises to provide an accident insurance of 10 lakh rupees to all traders registered under GST.

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