LS election: Phase 1 campaign comes to a close

LS election: Phase 1 campaign comes to a close

Unknown gunmen burst into a hospital in India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and killed a regional leader of a Hindu group linked to the ruling party, police said on Tuesday, days before general elections at which security is a major concern.

BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday claimed that people have decided to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister again.

"What Congress's sham document (manifesto) is stating is exactly what Pakistan is saying", PM Modi thundered at an election rally on Tuesday.

Modi's BJP has consistently advocated ending Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents non-residents from buying property in Indian-administered Kashmir, arguing that such laws have hindered its integration with the rest of the country.

Repeal would bring widespread unrest, Kashmiri political leaders warned.

Here is a head to head comparison of the manifestos of the two national parties.

Even the Aam Admi Party took a hit at the BJP for a poll promise in their manifesto.




"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.

Both India and Pakistan have claimed the territory as their own and this has resulted in military tensions between the neighbouring countries for many years.

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.

Pollsters say Modi and the BJP's re-election bid got a boost from a wave of patriotism after the suicide bomb attack and the Indian government's fast response.

They said authorities have established 1,749 polling stations at 1,387 locations for over 13.12 lakh voters to exercise their franchise.

Referring to Balakot air strike which took place in the wake of Pulwama attack, Modi said that people should dedicate their first vote to those who carried out air strike.

None of the nine candidates in the fray have earlier been elected either to the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha.

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