Highlights: BJP releases election manifesto

NEW DELHI Mon Apr 7, 2014 10:37am IST

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wears a headgear carrying a portrait of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for BJP during a public meeting being addressed by BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, ahead of the general elections in the old quarters of Delhi April 4, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wears a headgear carrying a portrait of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for BJP during a public meeting being addressed by BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, ahead of the general elections in the old quarters of Delhi April 4, 2014.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), poised to take the most votes in a general election that started on Monday, said it would welcome foreign direct investment in sectors that would create jobs but not in multi-brand retail.

In its 52-page election manifesto, the BJP also said it would allow foreign direct investment wherever needed for job and asset creation - including in infrastructure and selected defence industries.

Following are highlights from the policy platform that the Hindu nationalist party hopes will secure a victory for its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi:

Economic policy:

- BJP would not allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.

- FDI would be allowed wherever needed for job and asset creation, including infrastructure.

- FDI would be allowed in selected defence industries.

- Would "rationalise and simplify" taxes.

- Would adopt a national General Sales Tax.

Social policy:

- To roll out low-cost housing programme to give every family a proper home within a decade.

- Will link welfare programmes like rural jobs schemes to "asset creation".

- Will review labour laws.

Infrastructure:

- Will build 100 new cities.

- Plans high-speed rail network.

Security:

- Would revise and update the nuclear doctrine.

Religious policy:

- Would explore possibilities of construction of Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh.

(Compiled by Douglas Busvine)

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MRA4 wrote:
But for the religious clause every thing looks alright.They are against multi- brand retail like many other parties.Even some states including Kerala where Congress is in power are against Multi-brand retail.So for the time being this seems to be OK.However regarding religious policy they should have thought of huge number of voters who are supporting them as an alternative to congress party which has lost peoples support due to corruption and scam. Modi and his party that if they come into power that it is because the people of united India comprising of all religions have voted them to power.More than everything people of India wanted Modi to become Prime Minister.People flocked wherever he went .However it is good that whatever they do will be within the constitution.But one should remember that mass does not have brain.Hope they will keep this in mind and do what is good for the people of united India

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