Pravin Togadia quits as VHP International President

Pravin Togadia quits as VHP International President

The veteran leader, who served as the VHP global working president since December 2011, announced his decision in a press conference after his nominee to the post of worldwide president of the VHP was defeated in voting, which were the VHP's first elections in over five decades.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday for the first time in 52 years elected its new global president, marking the end of Pravin Togadia's era.

Togadia had informally been the leader of the VHP since 2003 and was formally appointed to the post in 2011.

Kokje got 131 votes and defeated incumbent Raghava Reddy who mustered 60 votes. Togadia, who batted for Reddy, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise.

File image of newly elected VHP worldwide president VS Kokje. Kokje on the other hand seems to be on to creating his own team as he proposes names who will take up critical positions within the VHP. I was in it for 32 years.

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As per reports, Togadia's new organisation is going to be named "Hindu Hi Aage" which translates into Hindus at the forefront.

He announced a programme to go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad from April 17 to highlight the problems faced by farmers, workers and women.

He laid stress on the need to work together for building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, getting a law enacted to ban cow slaughter across the country and abrogating Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution.

All this did not sit well with the RSS.

"This blatant anti-Narendra Modi and anti-BJP stance is not the style of the sangh now".

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