The BJP is scheduled to release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, today. PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and other senior party leaders will attend the mega event to launch the "Sankalp Patra" or document of promises.
During the 2014 elections, the party had released its manifesto on the first day of the nine-phase polls, however, this time the Election Commission has put a 48-hour gap order as part of the model code which covers each of the seven phases over the next six weeks.
On Sunday, as a build-up towards the manifesto launch, the BJP announced the party slogan Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar, (Modi government, once again), at the party headquarters in Delhi.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after launching the campaign slogan, "The first theme of the campaign will be 'Kaam Karne Wali Sarkar' (The government that works) Also, we formed a government in 2014 - an era of corruption, and ran an honest government. This is why the second theme is Imaandar Sarkaar (Honest government). The third theme of the campaign will be Bade Faisle Lene Waali Sarkaar (The government which takes big decisions) since this government has taken the tough decisions which include development and national security."
The party is expected to announce promises that focus on women, farmers, and youth in line with how Congress manifesto emphasizes on welfare measures. Furthermore, in the light of Pulwama attacks, more terrorism, and security-related issues can be expected.
Last week, in a self-sabotaging statement, Modi had told a gathering in Bihar that he needs another term to fulfill his promises. He said, "I don't claim to have finished all the work. When they (Congress) cannot say so in 70 years, how can I make that claim in just five years?" The statement received a lot of backlashes as people compared it to his statement before the 2014 elections in which he had sought 60 months to equal Congress achievements of 60 years.
The Lok Sabha Elections will starting from Thursday.