Finance minister counters opposition, says Jammu and Kashmir, security key issue

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"This is BJP's commitment and this Chowkidar will always been firm on this stand", the PM said as the crowd chanted "Modi-Modi".

Addressing an election rally in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Modi also hit out at the Congress for raising doubts on the Balakot airstrikes, its failure to prevent atrocities against Kashmiri Pandits and corruption in defence deals. Opposition parties accuse Modi of exploiting unrest in Kashmir to woo Hindu voters in the election. "The National Conference in 1999 and the PDP in 2015". "Article 370 was disastrously thou- ght out as a constitutional connect between rest of the country and the state".

Tearing into Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy for his alleged remarks that those who don't get food two times a day join the Army, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the JD (S) leader spoke what was in his heart.

Military experts have long warned that a conventional armed conflict between the two countries could result in nuclear war and that this was holding them back from a serious showdown.

The BJP, in its election manifesto, reiterated its intent of abrogating Article 370 and annulling Article 35A of the Constitution.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who heads the BJP's publicity department in the election, said the number of people who live in poverty would drop to below 15 percent in the next three years and to a negligible level in the 10 years after that. "The Congress and their friends were so anxious about their vote bank that they overlooked the atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits", Modi said while addressing the rally. "Politics of love is totally alien to him which has vitiated the political atmosphere in the country".

"Some people are so involved in anti-Modi tirade that they have forgotten the security of the country", he said. "By coming out to vote in huge numbers in Baramulla and Jammu, you have given a befitting reply to the terrorist leaders, opportunists & people in "mahamilawat", he said.

"Urbanization will increase, the size of the middle-class will grow and the economy will expand manifolds", Jaitley said in a Facebook post

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