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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Modifesto: Media's coverage of BJP manifesto release

Hindustan Times  HT Correspondent, April 08, 2014
First Published: 11:03 IST(8/4/2014) | Last Updated: 16:20 IST(8/4/2014)

'Tis a season of new words adding to the poll vocabulary everyday, this time around. Modi-nomics, Modi-fied, Modiyapa and now we have Modifesto. Following the BJP manifesto release on the first day of Lok Sabha elections kick-off, many of the leading news channels and national dailies pegged onto the word.

The new coinage was seen splashed across newspapers Tuesday morning. Sample some here:

A picture of the leading Indian dailies. (HT Photo)

Mail Today: BJP releases Modifesto
It's as clean a break as the Bharatiya Janata Party could make from its recent electoral past. Released on the day voting began in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, the BJP’s manifesto read more like an ordered sequence of Modi- mantras for good governance, economic reform and inclusive development than the proudly right vision document it has traditionally been.

Indian Express: BJP’s poll manifesto is for, by and of Narendra Modi
The BJP manifesto is so closely based on Modi’s views that it seems like an expanded version of a document titled ‘Vision of Modi’ that was widely circulated at a BJP strategy meeting in January.

The Hindu: BJP stresses good governance
The BJP manifesto released on Monday carries the imprint of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s “vision” of “good governance and development,” but adheres to the party’s commitment to the Ram temple, uniform civil code and abrogation of Article 370.

Times of India: BJP remains committed to pet Hindutva issues, but scales down emphasis
While it invited angry reactions from opponents who charged that the saffron party had not changed its "communal" stripes, the BJP appears to have scaled down the emphasis on construction of Ram temple — the theme which fueled the party's march to the centrestage from the margins.

Here's a link to our story on the BJP manifesto: Inside story: BJP manifesto or Modi's to-do list?
Narendra Modi wanted a to-do list to carry into the Prime Minister’s Office in South Block if the BJP got the numbers to form a government at the Centre on May 16. What better way to do so than by redrafting the party’s election manifesto to read like one?

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