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BJP Manifesto 2019 for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: BJP President Amit Shah met senior BJP leaders at their residence today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 8, 2019 10:34:48 pm
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Highlights: BJP President Monday evening visited senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi at their residence, news agency ANI was quoted as saying. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and other top leaders including Rajnath Singh Monday released the party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019. Calling them “75 promises for India@75,” the party said the “Sankalp Patra” reflected “people’s Mann Ki Baat.” Few of the promises made by the party include – abrogation of Article 370, annulling Article 35A, passing Citizenship Amendment Bill, forming Triple Talaq law, doubling farmers’ income by 2022, Housing for all by 2022 and doubling the length of National Highways by 2022.

While some parties like the Shiv Sena welcomed the BJP manifesto, AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal, NCP President Sharad Pawar and BSP chief Mayawati criticised it. The Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) released its manifesto Monday afternoon, promising reservation for SC’s, ST’s and OBC’s. A Congress spokesperson said today that party president Rahul Gandhi will file his nomination from Amethi on Wednesday. In Mumbai, Milind Deora, Urmila Matondkar, Priya Dutt and Sanjay Nirupam filed their nominations. Meanwhile, in Arunachal Pradesh, CM Pema Khandu who is seeking a third consecutive term from the Mukto Assembly seat, is the richest among 184 candidates contesting polls in the state.

Read our exclusive interview with Arun Jaitley here.

On agenda today | BJP manifesto release at 11 am; Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka’s rallies today: 11.15 am – Saharanpur, 1.45 pm – Shamli, 3.30 pm – Bijnor. 

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20:42 (IST)08 Apr 2019
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17:02 (IST)08 Apr 2019
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16:44 (IST)08 Apr 2019
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16:06 (IST)08 Apr 2019
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15:52 (IST)08 Apr 2019
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Sanjay Nirupam, the Congress candidate from Mumbai North West Lok Sabha constituency, after filing his nomination for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the Bandra collector’s office on Monday morning. (Express Photo By Pradip Das) 
15:34 (IST)08 Apr 2019
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15:26 (IST)08 Apr 2019
Milind Deora files nomination for Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency

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Congress Candidate for Mumbai South constituency Milind Deora after filing his nomination outside an election office in Old Custom house in Mumbai.
15:03 (IST)08 Apr 2019
Ahmed Patel hits out at BJP for its manifesto

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel attacked the BJP for its manifesto and said they should have come out with a 'maafinama'. He said, "After we presented our manifesto, we held a detailed q&A session, and immediately after BJP presented its manifesto, all their leaders went home without even taking a single question."

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE updates: Ajit Singh, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav in Deoband. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

On Sunday, the SP-BSP-RLD alliance held its first joint rally in Deoband. While BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav described the BJP and the Congress as two sides of the same coin, RLD's Ajit Singh, refrained from attacking the Congress. In a caution to voters, "particularly Muslims", Mayawati said, "If the BJP has to be dealt a body blow, then the gathbandhan is the only choice. The Congress is not strong enough to take on the BJP and I want to tell all of you, particularly Muslims, that a vote for the Congress here will only help the BJP. Do not split your votes."

Muslims, along with Dalits and a section of Jats in western UP, form the backbone of the gathbandhan’s support in these Lok Sabha elections, which also explains the choice of Deoband as the venue for the first alliance rally.

The gathbandhan’s first and only joint rally before the April 11 vote in western UP is aimed at mobilising its core base in the region — a coalition of Muslims, Dalits and Jats, which is crucial to defeating the BJP. But with Congress making it a triangular contest in six of the eight seats in the region that go to polls in the first phase, it remains to be seen whether the gathbandhan can arrest the split in anti-BJP votes.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission called Mamata Banerjee's remarks on the transfer of cops in West Bengal as "unfortunate." In a letter directed to Banerjee, the commission wrote that the EC is fully within its rights under the RP Act to act against officers. Days before the Lok Sabha elections, the poll body ordered the transfer of four officers, including the commissioners of Kolkata and Bidhannagar, and relieved them of all election-related duties. Criticising EC for its move, Mamata accused the poll body of acting “at the behest of the BJP”.

Launching the BJP's poll campaign, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it would centre on Modi govt's five-year performance, "crackdown" on corruption, and PM's ability to take big decisions. The Congress also announced its campaign tagline – “Ab Hoga Nyay," banking on the minimum income guarantee promise to woo the voters.

The Lok Sabha elections is across seven phases, beginning from April 11. The polls will conclude on May 19 and results will be declared four days later on May 23.