India's BJP releases manifesto ahead of upcoming elections

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Khan said Kashmir was a political struggle and there was no military solution, adding that Kashmiris suffered if armed militants from Pakistan came across the border, leading to Indian army crackdowns.

Modi also hailed the manifesto of the BJP, released in Delhi Monday, and said the party was committed to national security and farmers' welfare among other. Congress's manifesto and Pakistan speak same language on Kashmir related issues.

Khan did appear to offer India an olive branch, saying that Islamabad was determined to dismantle all Pakistan-based militias in the country, and that the government had full support from Pakistan's powerful army for the programme.

Israel is voting today in its most closely-fought general election in years, as its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud Party, seeks a fifth term in office. Modi's main rival is opposition leader Rahul Gandhi.

Charging that during the TRS rule, members of a single family got "jobs", he said that Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao was afraid of AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi. "Their real thoughts are now in the open", Modi further stated.

Since Modi and the BJP took power in 2014, there has been rising violence against India's minority Muslim population.

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The seven-phase Lok Sabha polls will begin on April 11 and continue till May 19. The aim is to integrate the state more closely with the rest of the country.

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The prime minister mentioned the defence forces in his election speech despite the Election Commission directing parties to keep them out of election campaigns.

"We have constituted the Women's Security Division in the Home Ministry, and have made strict provisions for transferring the laws in order to commit crimes against women.", read the party manifesto, "Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat" whose copies were distributed after its release at the BJP headquarters.

"Your trust is my biggest accomplishment in last five years", Modi told the crowd.

Campaigning for Uttarakhand's five Lok Sabha seats going to polls on April 11 ended Tuesday evening with the BJP top leadership seeking votes in the name of "nationalism", highlighting the Balakot airstrikes, and the Congress, alleging corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal in rallies over the past fortnight.

The national elections will see close to 900 million voters cast their ballots in almost a million polling booths - the world's biggest ever democratic exercise.