Thrown out of VHP for raising Ram Mandir issue: Pravin Togadia blames PM Modi -
Thrown out of VHP for raising Ram Mandir issue: Pravin Togadia blames PM Modi
Posted 17 Apr 2018 04:44 PM

Pravin Togadia, recently forced to resign from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), began his indefinite fast demanding construction of Ram Temple, enforcement of common civil code among others in the presence of several VHP leaders and religious leaders. However, the posters and pamphlets of the event named as “Hindu Ahead” didn’t mention VHP in it, though state VHP chief Kaushik Mehta and general secretary Ranchhod Bharwad among others sat with Togadia on the stage erected outside the VHP headquarters at Paldi.

In a scathing attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Togadia said that “After 50 years of my life dedicated to the welfare of Hindus, I was thrown out and for what… I didn’t ask for any posts, I didn’t ask for prime ministership…chai ka thaila ya pakoda talne ki karahi nahi manga (I didn’t ask for a bag of tea or pakoda frying vessel)…I was only demanding Ram Mandir, the issue on which he became the prime minister,” Togadia said in his usual inflammatory speech in the presence of over a dozen policemen and around 200 supporters.
62-year-old Togadia, who has closely worked with Modi for the Sangh Parivar, had to quit the post of VHP International Working President last Saturday after his nominee Raghav Reddy lost a key organisational poll held in Gurgaon. Togadia said “I have no personal issues with Narendrabhai as he portrays in the public. The only issue I have with him is his silence over making law for constructing the temple. If I wanted posts I would have become the chief minister back in 2001. You (Modi) would not have been the chief minister if I had issues with you.”
Togadia is also demanding a nation-wide ban on cow slaughter, resettlement of displaced Kashmiri pandits among other issues. He said that “this is the first that the prime minister who rose to power due to Hindus has branded gau rakshaks as goons.” Police said that no permission has been given to Togadia to hold the fast in full public view. Earlier, the event was to be held at GMDC Ground which was later changed.

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