India election SHOCK: Alliance to LOSE majority despite support over Pakistan tensions

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The BJP, in its 48-page manifesto, has made a new pledge to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A that gives special privileges to residents of India in the Kashmir region, such as laws preventing outsiders from buying property.

While PM Modi has been leading the BJP charge all over the country this election season, he has been scathing in his criticism of rival parties in Karnataka in particular.

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. "Your trust is my biggest accomplishment in last five years", Modi told Maharashtra.

The party also reiterated its long-held desire to abolish Kashmir's autonomous status.

The Congress Monday took a swipe at the BJP over the error saying at least one point in the document reflects the ruling party's "true intentions".

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The BJP manifesto had another mistake in the same chapter under the subtitle "Ensuring a dignified life for women" where it promised time-bound investigation and "trail" for rape instead of "trial" for rape.

But political leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir have warned that repealing the law could lead to unrest. Earlier, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah had said his party will strive hard for restoring the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir that could include having a "Sadar-e-Riyasat" (President) and "Wazir-e-Azam" (Prime Minister).

Maharashtra will to the polls in four of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections that begin on April 11 and ends on May 19.

Imran Khan said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right wing.

"Women's welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is committed to 33 percent reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment", the manifesto said. 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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