Congress manifesto is for Nehru-Gandhi family: Modi

India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election

The uneasy relationship between Thackeray and Modi was evident even at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in December 2016, the last event that the two leaders attended together.

Modi said the Bharatiya Janata Party's manifesto did not mention the Balakot air strike, but said the government carried it out when it was warranted, PTI reported.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019.

"Eliminating terrorists in their homes is the policy of new India", Modi said while addressing an election rally in Latur in Maharashtra.

Groups of Hindu nationalists are increasingly carrying out attacks against Muslims to protect revered cattle - known as "cow vigilante mobs" - killing 24 people since 2010.

"You tell me can KCR in any way become the Prime Minister?" he asked the people.

BJP supporters have sought the removal, expressing anger at many Kashmiris' resistance to rule by India, which, for three decades, has battled an armed insurgency in the region also claimed by Pakistan. Those to be dismantled include groups involved in Kashmir.

While the BJP raised the issue of "nationalism", highlighting the airstrikes against terror targets in Pakistan after Pulwama terror attack, the Congress flagged the Rafale deal to mobilise public opinion against the Modi government.

The prime minister said there was still the possibility if the polls turn against Modi in the next few weeks that India could take some further military action against Pakistan.

The main opposition Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi is seeking alliances with regional parties to thwart Modi, accusing the BJP of undermining India's secular foundations.

Islamabad denied responsibility for the February 14 attack, which was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, but the bombing prompted India to carry out a cross border air strike against what it said was a militant training camp in Pakistan. As the Indian Air Force engaged the Pakistani jets, the PAF shot down two Indian warplanes ─ one of which crashed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir ─ and captured an Indian pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan.

The poll body's advisory comes days before the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is to be held on April 11.

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