Fireworks and desserts are appropriate at the end. There is spectacle, celebration and a sweet touch. Manifestos don’t work as the last course. There are promises to keep, messages to convey and trust to be won. The BJP manifesto for this year’s General Election is the last of the big ones to go public. It comes at the fag-end.
It is a curious mix of jargon and intent. It labours to say what it does. It seems oddly keen on camouflaging the central message. In many places it is pompous and verbose enough to make you put it aside, which would be a mistake.
The BJP manifesto veers hard right, the only one to do so in this election. But the party seems unsure of its effect. It uses hundreds of turgid words that seem to come from old school dissertations. But if you can find the strength to read on, you will find some important thoughts.
A critical strand is that the BJP offers no detail in many areas. There are broad statements which leave far too much to interpretation. This creates unintended doubt. Here then are 30 interesting declarations in the BJP manifesto.
Image: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi speaks during the release of the party's manifesto in New Delhi. (AP)