BJP releases 'sankalp patra,' its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls

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On the economic front, the party said it aspired to make India the third-largest economy of the world by 2030, adding, "This implies that we commit to make India a Dollars 5 trillion economy by 2025 and USD 10 trillion economy by 2032".

The party also pledged to simplify the goods and services tax, which disrupted businesses and hurt economic growth when Modi introduced it in 2017. Zero tolerance for terrorism and strengthening of defence forces also found special mention.

"Nationalism is our inspiration", Modi said after releasing the BJP's election manifesto at its headquarters in New Delhi, as supporters chanted "Modi, Modi".

Addressing public gathering the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at manifesto release, he said, "It is one mission, one direction for BJP". "Hence, we have set out 75 goals to be achieved by 2022".

"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 thinktank the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. "It is now time to pack your bags and leave", he said at a press conference here. "We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against the non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir".

He also referred to various schemes and decisions of the government, including the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Ujjwala Yojana, the Saubhagya Yojana, demonetisation, GST, surgical strikes and airstrikes.

"Our "Sankalp Patra" promises to fulfil all expectations of the people", Shah said.

PM Narendra Modi is a biopic based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vivek Oberoi will be essaying the role of Modi. While releasing the manifesto, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "We will try to reach consensus and will pass this bill".

Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit will be held in the third phase on April 23 while the results will be declared on May 23.

The ECI - an autonomous constitutional body tasked with the smooth conduct of the world's biggest democratic exercise with as many as 900 million eligible voters - said it was impartial and taking action against the guilty irrespective of party affiliation.

The aim is to integrate the state more closely with the rest of the country.

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