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India's Modi pledges development - with Hindu nationalism

Published on Apr 7, 2014 6:06 PM
India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi poses with the party manifesto upon its release in New Delhi on April 7, 2014, on the opening day of voting in national elections. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi pledged good governance and development on Monday as he released his party's delayed manifesto that also included controversial Hindu nationalist policies.

Mr Modi and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders unveiled their blueprint for government just hours after polls opened in the world's biggest election, which they are widely expected to win.

"Good governance and development (are) the two issues on which we are fighting these elections," Mr Modi, the party's prime ministerial candidate, said at party headquarters in New Delhi.

The 52-page manifesto also pledges to revise the country's nuclear doctrine whose main principal is that New Delhi would not be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

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