India carried out air strikes in February on a suspected militant camp based in Balakot, Pakistan, who had claimed responsibility for a deadly vehicle bombing in Kashmir.
"Nationalism is our inspiration", Modi said after releasing the BJP's election manifesto at its headquarters in New Delhi, as supporters chanted "Modi, Modi".
Modi's BJP has consistently advocated ending Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents outsiders from buying property in the state, arguing that such laws have hindered its integration with the rest of the country.
Heaping praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi BJP leader and descendant of Gandhi family, Varun Gandhi said no other Prime Minister in the past has brought more glory to India like Narendra Modi has in a short span of time. Referring to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik's statement that there was no threat to Article 370 in the state, Abdullah said that the BJP should send him a copy of its manifesto. Kashmiris have been fighting Indian control of the region since 1989.
Pakistan responded by sending war planes into Indian Kashmir the next day.
Even as it stuck to its narrative of strident and combative nationalism, the BJP on Monday tried to embellish it with a heavy dose of welfarism by bringing out a manifesto that tried to address numerous socio-economic issues that have come to dominate the political discourse.
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Political leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir, where India is fighting an armed insurgency against its rule, have warned that repealing the law would lead to widespread unrest. "We want to fight poverty rather than sit inside air-conditioned rooms".
The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for an error in the saffron party's manifesto which was released on Monday.
Around 900 million people are eligible to vote in the elections, which will begin on Thursday.
But Tarun Kumar, a secretary for the main opposition Congress party, said the model code of conduct had became a joke because the recently launched NaMO TV that carries Modi's rallies live and runs other promotional material for the ruling party was still on air despite several complaints against it.
Tearing into the BJP's election manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress on Monday dubbed it a "jhansa patra" (document of deceit) and said important issues like jobs, GST, black money and demonetisation are missing from the whole announcement exercise.
It pledged to spend 100 trillion rupees ($1.44 trillion) on infrastructure in the next five years, to help create jobs for the millions entering the workforce each year.
The party will work to cut tax and boost credit to small businesses to $14.4 billion by 2024, it added.