"Nationalism is our inspiration, economic development of the poor and backward sections our philosophy, and good governance our mantra", Modi said after releasing the election manifesto at BJP headquarters in New Delhi, as supporters chanted "Modi, Modi". People will not accept your "jhansa patra" anymore. "And it's not something that I am saying, but what has been said by the government's own NSSO (National Sample Survey Organisation) data", he added.
The BJP promised a capital investment of 100 trillion Indian rupees ($1.44 trillion) on infrastructure by 2024, to help create jobs for the millions of youth entering the workforce every year.
He also questioned how the BJP meant to double farmers' income considering that at the current rate of agricultural growth of 2.9 per cent, it would take 28 years.
Since Modi and the BJP took power in 2014, there has been rising violence against India's minority Muslim population.
The BJP and its allies are expected to win 267 of the 543 parliament seats at stake, the CVoter polling agency said, just five short of the halfway mark required to rule.
"The BJP's campaign is largely around nationalism, national security and this is what is getting echoed in their manifesto", said Sanjay Kumar, director of thinktank the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. He and his mother Maneka Gandhi both joined the BJP.
An election official displays badges, key chains and mugs to be distributed among the people to encourage them to cast their vote, in Kolkata, India.
"No answers on their 5 years?"
Along with its emphasis on national security and the party's core ideological agenda, the BJP also introduced a heavy dose of welfarism, focussing on farmers and small traders.
Bhubaneswar: A day after BJP released its poll manifesto for Odisha, ruling-BJD today lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and the Kharavela Nagar Police Station alleging that the saffron party cheated the people of Odisha.