"The party manifesto will be released on April 7," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

There are reports that the delay in the release of this key document is caused after Modi proposed some last-minute changes to it.

Reports also suggested that the party is battling infighting between team Modi and team Murli Manohar Joshi on the content of the manifesto and hence, the delay was inevitable.
According to sources, team Modi feels that the manifesto, prepared by team Joshi, lacks the development quotient.

The BJP, however, rubbished the talks of rift between Modi and Joshi.

Asked about the delay in the release of the manifesto, Sitharaman said it is purely due to the lack of availability of various leaders, as the party wanted the top leadership to be present during the manifesto release.

Sitharaman said the top leaders have been campaigning across the country and the party was working out a time when all leaders were available together.

"There is no reason other than getting all leaders to be together for the release," she added.

The manifesto is likely to highlight the party's promises to lure the voters for bringing it to power. Sources said the BJP manifesto includes the issue of Ram Temple construction, which some top leaders were not keen to have it as its part. The party's stand in its Palampur resolution is that Ram Temple should be constructed at the Ramjanmabhoomi spo.

Since the issue is pending before court, BJP is not initiating any action on it.

The manifesto will also focus on the party's vision for the next five years on the economic front, which has been ‘in a shambles under the present regime’.

The document will contain various promises like initiating development on infrastructure, power, housing, water and industrial fronts, setting up of 100 smart cities to propel growth, setting up of IITs, IIMs in every state and housing for all.

On April 7, polling will be held in six Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam and Tripura.

Meanwhile, the BJP will on Friday release its chargesheet against the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. The document will highlight the acts of omission and commission, failures and various scams unearthed during the UPA regime.

It will also include issues of ‘policy paralysis’ and ‘failure’ to fulfill promises on employment generation, improving rural health and rural development.

Through this chargesheet, the saffron party will seek to ask voters to reject Congress and elect a BJP-led NDA government this time, Sitharaman said.


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