Campaigning ends for phase 1 of Lok Sabha polls

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Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come under fire over its handling of the Indian economy, particularly its failure to create jobs for the millions of youths coming on the labour market each year and the severe debts hitting farmers.

The BJP's pledge this week to propose stripping decades-old special rights from the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which prevent outsiders from buying property in the state, was a major concern, though it could also be electioneering, Khan said.

The nominees from the seat are: Muhammad Akbar Lone of the National Conference, Farooq Ahmad Mir of the Congress, Raja Aijaz Ali of the People's Conference, Mohammad Maqbool War of the BJP, Jahangir Khan of the NPP, Abdul Qayoom Wani of the PDP and independent candidates Javid Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Najeeb Shah Naqvi and Abdul Rashid Sheikh.

Stoking nationalistic fervour among youngsters and first-time voters, Modi asked them to cast their first vote to the ones who carried out the airstrike in Balakot.

Since Modi and the BJP took power in 2014, there has been rising violence against India's minority Muslim population. Those to be dismantled include groups involved in Kashmir.

"At least one point in BJP's manifesto reflects their true intentions", Congress wrote this evening on its official Twitter handle.

He said the entire country was happy when India launched air strikes on Pakistan to destroy the terror camp but there was gloom in Pakistan and in the camp of "Rahul Baba and company".

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Pakistan responded with air strikes of its own.

The regional Hindu leader belonged to RSS, a parent organisation belonging to BJP's Narendra Modi.

"Both Congress and Pakistan want that our soldiers don't get the strength that they need to tackle the menace of terror", Narendra Modi said in Maharashtra's Latur.

India's ruling party released its election manifesto on Monday, three days before the start of a multi-phase general election in the world's largest democracy.

The rolling election is held in phases and does not finish until May 19.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi warned on Sunday that Islamabad had "reliable intelligence" that India would attack again this month.

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