NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s ruling Congress Party has unveiled its election manifesto ahead of next month’s polls, promising new jobs and a stronger economy in an appeal to its core constituency of poor voters.

At a news conference Wednesday, Congress leaders promised more funds for education, health care and agriculture if the party is voted back into power. India’s 814 million eligible voters head to the polls starting April 7.

Party leader Rahul Gandhi also said Congress is determined to protect India’s secular character — a clear jab at the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which is led by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi.

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