India’s ruling party released its election manifesto on Monday, three days before the start of a multi-phase general election in the world’s largest democracy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party hoping to return to power for a second five-year term laid out their platform, emphasizing national security and economic development.

The BJP manifesto opened with an entreaty from Modi for voters’ “valued blessings.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Modi said the document described the path for India to “move from being a developing country to a developed country” by 2047, asking, “If the 21st century is Asia’s century, should India lead it or not? Can we or can we not?”

Several other ministers in the BJP-led government spoke on Monday, including the finance minister, Arun Jaitley, who said that the government “wants to expedite the path of progress.”

Jaitley also cited an Indian airstrike against an alleged terrorist camp in Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 40 Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir in February as proof that the incumbents have taken a hard stand against terrorism.

From Left, Indian Foreign Minister Suushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah release BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
From Left, Indian Foreign Minister Suushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah release BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The main opposition Congress party released its manifesto last week, blasting the Hindu nationalist BJP for working “to divide the nation.”

Since Modi and the BJP took power in 2014, there has been rising violence against India’s minority Muslim population.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, talks to Foreign Minister Susuhma Swaraj during the release BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, talks to Foreign Minister Susuhma Swaraj during the release BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, speaks during the release BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, speaks during the release BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A private security guard stands holding cut-outs of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to be placed during a function to release Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A private security guard stands holding cut-outs of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to be placed during a function to release Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Foreign Minister Suushma Swaraj, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, second right listens to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rduring a function to elease BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Foreign Minister Suushma Swaraj, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, second right listens to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rduring a function to elease BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)