Pak 'supporting' Modi, wants riots to spread in India: Kejriwal

Clay Curtis
April 13, 2019

Addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs here, Qureshi accused the Indian media of "sensationalising everything". India, Pakistan Can Only Move Forward Through Talks, Says FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

He said opposition leaders were fighting for their existence and were trying their best to create fear among people that there would be no election in the country in future and that the reservation policy would be abolished if he is voted back to power.

Gandhi and Congress have sought to focus on the economy and the fate of India's many minorities who say they feel more threatened under the Hindu nationalist government. "We will defeat every force that perpetuates and propagates hatred, division in this country and Imran Khan's friend Modiji and his party will be decimated by the people of India", Surjewala said.

As far as actual resolution to Kashmir is concerned, such an eventuality would slash the massive defense budgets in Pakistan and India, which would be as repulsive for the two countries' armies as it would be to the global war industry.

The elections across India would continue until May 19 and counting of votes was scheduled for May 23. Around 900 million people are eligible voters with 130 million first-time voters. There are 543 seats at stake.Security has been increased after seven people were killed in militant attacks in Kashmir and the east of the country including a state legislator from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party.

At least 2,354 political parties are registered with the Election Commission of India - an autonomous constitutional body - for the 17th Lok Sabha elections.

An average of four opinion polls showed the BJP alliance on course to win 273 of the 545 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, a much-reduced majority from the more than 330-seat margin it won in 2014.

Others like Seema Verma in Gaziabad on New Delhi's outskirts are voting to give Modi a second term in office.

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Modi has simplified the tax code and made doing business easier but some of his promises have fallen short, particularly in rural areas where thousands of indebted farmers have killed themselves in recent years. 'No JOBS. DEMONETISATION. Farmers in Pain.Lies.

"I want a government that thinks about women and brings down the high prices of rice and lentils", Suman Sharman, 50, a housewife in Ghaziabad, told AFP. Lies. Lies. Lies. Distrust.

On Thursday, it raised concerns over security for Gandhi, saying there could have been an attempt to assassinate him this week when he met reporters in his Nehru-Gandhi family's home district in Uttar Pradesh.

Votes are cast via electronic voting machines, first trialled in India in 1982.

"I've never missed my vote in my life", she said. Gandhi, great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers, has grown in stature since being derided in leaked USA diplomatic cables in 2007 as an 'empty suit.

While most surveys suggest that the BJP has an edge, a pre-election survey carried out by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has portrayed Modi's party comparatively in a weak position stating that urban voters are disappointed with Modi for his poor delivery on employment generation, health care services, water supply, pollution mitigation, education and other burning issues in the last five years.

"It reminds me of 2004 when (premier Atal Bihari) Vajpayee and the BJP lost when everyone expected them to win", he said.

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