Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Togadia quits VHP, plans indefinite fast for Hindutva

Togadia quits VHP, plans indefinite fast for Hindutva

Bringing an end to the Praveen Togadia era, former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje was on Saturday elected as VHP's new global president for which voting was held for the first time in over five decades.

"Hindus all over can clearly see through the dirty political designs in cracking the grand VHP", said Mr Togadia, who has off-late been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership. I will continue to work for the welfare of Hindus. Togadia, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise. He added that though associated with the VHP "for the past 32 years", he was "no longer with the organisation". "The disenchantment, in fact, had started slowly after the 2002 events in Gujarat", he said, speaking to reporters later. He also claimed that thousands of Hindus were booked.

"In 2014 elections, the VHP offered full support to Narendrabhai". Eleven cow-protectors in Jharkhand were given life imprisonment (by a court) after his statement. "I was shocked as this government has helped Pakistan-supporters", he went on to say.

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Togadia had informally been the leader of the VHP since 2003 and was formally appointed to the post in 2011. To discuss his fast program, Togadia met VHP functionaries in Gujarat.

Reacting to Mr. Reddy's defeat, Mr. Togadia, the stormy petrel of the Sangh Parivar, said he was ready to accept "this small defeat" for a "bigger battle for Hindu rights". A few months ago, he dramatically disappeared from his office at the VHP office in Ahmedabad despite "Z" category security after a team of the Rajasthan police came to serve him a warrant in an old case.

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