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BJP's Indian election pitch to focus on new jobs, cities: Sources

Published on Mar 26, 2014 3:53 PM
 
A boy holds the flags of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), for drying at a flag manufacturing factory, ahead of the 2014 general elections in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on March 25, 2014. India's leading opposition party would aim to create 250 million jobs over the next 10 years as part of an economic development programme that could create 100 new "smart" cities, its election manifesto will say. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's leading opposition party would aim to create 250 million jobs over the next 10 years as part of an economic development programme that could create 100 new "smart" cities, its election manifesto will say.

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put jobs and urbanisation at the centre of its policy pitch as it seeks to oust the Congress-led government in a general election starting on April 7, two party sources told Reuters.

"The manifesto's priorities, in this order, are jobs, investment, manufacturing and infrastructure," said one party official involved in drafting the document, which is expected to be released next week.

The BJP, on course to win the largest number of seats in the five-week election, wants to tap into the aspirations of young people in a country where more than half of the population is under the age of 25.

 
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