Secondly, the stress on ideologically neutral issue of development, making India US$ 5 trillion economy by 2025 and US$ 10 trillion economy by 2032, 8% growth rate for next five years, mission mode on water, mega investment in agriculture and building infrastructure and time-bound fulfillment of 75 promises on 75th anniversary of Indian Independence by 2022.
The reiteration of core ideological issues in the manifesto is a message to the party and Sangh Parivar's support base that after being in power for five years and while seeking another five year term in office BJP has neither forgotten, nor has deviated from its core beliefs which for all these decades have been binding force for the Sangh Parivar. By making a proper mix of nationalism and development, BJP has sought to tell the people and its critiques that development and nationalism are complementary to each other.
BJP believes that it is going to comfortably return to power and thus it was important for it to make promises which were consistent to its core belief and people's aspiration,
'Nayak nahin; Khalnayak hoon main' (I am not the hero; I am the villain)
At the same time the BJP manifesto boldly talks of national progress and issues of national honour. It promises for progress of the nation through public participation and honest practices.
From these angles the BJP manifesto is very impressive and the patriots, irrespective of their cast, creed and religion in this country, will like it.
Knowledge is power.
BJP is at least talking something about the promises what they have made in earlier elections. It is an indication that they have not forgotten their last time promises. So we should appreciate for that realistic approach. They are talking about the progress of the country and other issues related to Nation.
In addition, the manifesto of the Congress party has a communal angle wherein they are included with attracting the voters of a particular community. They are in against to the abolition of Article 370 & has also announced to Omit Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (that defines the offence of sedition). They don't speak of the Kashmiri Pundits but would prefer to speak to the Separatists in the Kashmir valley. They also promised to lessen the empowerment to the Army & in a way would be limited to the LOC & many more which doesn't give us the impression of the nationalistic approach would be giving me another reason to not to vote for the Congress party.
The others can take another 70 years to analyses this & than can decide on their vote preference.
In general, BJP's election manifesto is worth than the Congress manifesto of false promises.
No life without Sun
People are reading between the lines and trying to derive something which is not there in the manifesto.
Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.