Pravin Togadia quits VHP after his nominee loses election for president

VS Kokje

VHP's newly elected international president V S Kokje

With the death of former VHP leader Ashok Singhal, mediating between Mr. Togadia and the BJP government led by Mr. Modi was becoming increasingly hard. I will continue to work for the welfare of Hindus.

Pravin Togadia, the VHP global working president, found no place in the executive body V S Kokje announced after the election, the first for the post of VHP president. He added that though associated with the VHP "for the past 32 years", he was "no longer with the organisation". Togadia, who batted for Reddy, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise. Once close friends who rode on the same scooter in Ahmedabad, the two had differences soon after Modi won the Gujarat election in 2002.

Claiming that scores of Hindus were killed in police firing during the post-Godhra riots, he said he could not understand how it could happen when "Narendrabhai" (Narendra Modi) was the chief minister. He was also exploring other pastimes, including making different varieties of saladhe claimed to have recipes for a 100 types, in his last days at VHP.

"In 2014 elections, the VHP offered full support to Narendrabhai". To discuss his fast program, Togadia met VHP functionaries in Gujarat.

"This government has taken back cases against Pakistan-supporters and stone-pelters in Kashmir".

Giving the details of his proposed indefinite hunger strike, Togadia said that it is meant for Hindus' welfare, construction of Ram Temple, ban on cow slaughter, Common Civil Code and Kashmiri Hindus.

Recently, Togadia after a miraculous escape in a road accident near Surat, voiced suspicion that it was an attempt to kill him.

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