Guwahati/New Delhi, April 8, 2019
The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on April 8th 2019 released its manifesto for the national election. The Sankalp Patra or document of promises has been crafted on the theme of a Sankalpit Bharat – Shashakt Bharat (determined India, empowered India).
Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah, were present at the launch of the 48-page manifesto. The BJP promised to take steps to prevent illegal immigration in the Northeastern states, if voted to power.
“There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people’s livelihood and employment. We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority. In future, we will implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in a phased manner in other parts of the country,” reads the manifesto.
We will strengthen the strike capability of the armed forces by equipping them with modern equipment. Besides, we will take effective steps to prevent illegal immigration in the Northeastern states. #BJPSankalpPatr2019 pic.twitter.com/efrphN7v5t
— BJP (@BJP4India) April 8, 2019
The BJP further announced to strengthen border security. “A pilot project on the use of technology to strengthen border security (Sma Fencing) was implemented in Dhubri (Assam). We will implement this on all borders,” the manifesto mentioned.
Apart from the illegal immigration issue, the party stressed on a number of topics right from revoking Article 370 to doubling the farmer’s income, development of the country’s infrastructure, women empowerment among others.
“Our security doctrine will be guided by our national security interest only. This is exemplified by the surgical strikes and the air strikes carried out recently. We will continue our policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism,” the manifesto added.
On April 7th, 2019, the BJP showcased its campaign slogan Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar, (Modi government, once again), at the party headquarters in Delhi.