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2019 Lok Sabha polls | BJP manifesto to be out today, to focus on security, development

Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah, will be present at the launch of the manifesto, described by the BJP as its ‘sankalp patra’.

SNS | New Delhi |

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to start from April 11 on Monday, with issues of development and national security set to be its key highlights.

This comes barely a week after Congress released a 53-page election manifesto promising 34 lakh jobs, farmer welfare among several others.

Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah, will be present at the launch of the manifesto, described by the BJP as its “sankalp patra”.

A party statement said members of its parliamentary board, the BJP’s apex body whose members include PM Modi, will be present on the occasion.

With the Congress manifesto putting major thrust on welfare measures, including a promise of giving Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20 per cent households in India through its minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’, the ruling party is likely to make a slew of promises to woo different sections of the society, especially farmers, youth and women, besides the downtrodden.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party’s election campaign, with “Phir ek baar, Modi sarkar (Modi government, once more)” as the tag line.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had slammed the Congress manifesto calling it “corrupt and full of hypocrisy and lies”.

(With PTI inputs)