BJP goofs up on women's safety in manifesto

BJP goofs up on women's safety in manifesto

The National Democratic Alliance, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and is made up of other regional parties, is taking on the main opposition Congress Party.

Relations between Pakistan and India, which have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, two over Kashmir, reached a crisis point in February after a suicide bombing killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir.

Earlier in the day, the BJP 's 43-page manifesto has introduced a number of perks for women in its Lok Sabha election manifesto which was released today by PM Narendra Modi, along with the BJP's top leadership including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

The BJP's pledge this week to propose stripping decades-old special rights from the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which prevent outsiders from buying property in the state, was a major concern, though it could also be electioneering, Khan said.

"We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state", the party's manifesto said. The manifesto reads: "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".

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This led the head of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen political party to tell Reuters Muslims had "never felt so marginalised in the independent history of India".

"Primarily, the BJP has been unable to sufficiently distinguish itself from Congress when it comes to making people feel the difference in terms of their livelihoods and economic interests".

In a scathing criticism of the BJP's manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said it was the voice of "an isolated man", besides being "short sighted" and "arrogant".

The Congress promise to review the AFSPA and revoke the sedition law has prompted sharp reactions from the BJP.

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. It will also work to cut tax and boost credit to small businesses to 1 trillion rupees ($14.4 billion) by 2024.

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