BJP goofs up on women's safety in manifesto

India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

The Lok Sabha elections are being held in four phases in Maharashtra, with the first seven seats in Vidarbha going to polls on 11 April. Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and parts of Odisha will be voting on Thursday to elect new Assemblies also. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

Indians will head to the polls from Thursday until May 19, which will decide if Narendra Modi will run the country for another five years.

Setting the narrative for the General Election, PM Modi elaborated about India's new approach towards terrorism, and said, "Aatankwadiyon ke addon main ghus kar marenge".

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Karnataka votes in the second and third phases.

Islamabad denied responsibility for the February 14 attack, which was claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, but the bombing prompted India to carry out a cross border air strike against a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. Mr. Modi has not highlighted demonetisation, a move that was widely praised by his supporters as a show of decisive leadership and assault on terror funding and black money.

The coalition led by Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to win 273 of the 543 parliament seats at stake, one more than the halfway mark required to rule. "I will return this to you with interest". I won't let your "tapasya" go in vain. RAFALE+Anil Ambani 2. Nirav Modi 3.

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"Perhaps if the BJP - a right-wing party - wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached", Imran Khan told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview.

"Remember the good old days before 2014 when Indians had jobs and a PM that didn't lie to them", Congress said on Twitter, with a hashtag calling the BJP manifesto a gimmick.

Shiv Sena had been in tandem over supporting the BJP as the former had been criticising the ruling dispensation over its policies but post Pulwama attack, the latter joined in with the BJP and said, that 'it's the nation which comes first and then the petty politics'. While the Congress is trying to take on the BJP by deflecting from the national security plank and raising corruption issues in the States such as Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, regional issues have dominated campaigning in Andhra Pradesh.

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