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India's opposition lacks manifesto four days from polling

Published on Apr 3, 2014 2:54 PM
 
Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, addresses his supporters during a rally ahead of the general election in Itanagar in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on March 31, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), frontrunner to form the next government, faced criticism on Thursday for failing to release its manifesto just days before polls open.

Reports earlier this week claimed the Hindu nationalists' programme would be unveiled on Thursday, but a party source told AFP it was now highly unlikely to be before Saturday - two days before the first voters cast their ballots.

Some political observers have attributed the delay to internal differences within the party, which is being led by prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, a hardliner from western Gujarat state.

Mr Modi, the favourite to become prime minister, is running on his credentials as the three-times chief minister of Gujarat where he has built a reputation as a hands-on leader and economic reformer.

 
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