Leadership change won't affect temple movement: New VHP chief

Pravin Togadia feels those in power have forgotten the promise of building Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya

Earlier, VHP working worldwide president Pravin Togadia had claimed that due procedure was not being followed in the election. The newly-elected VHP president, VK Kokje, nominated Alok Kumar to replace Togadia as the new worldwide working president of the outfit. But Reddy lost the election to Kokje who won 131 out of the 192 total votes in the election that was held in Gurgaon.

Togadia, who returned here last night, met his supporters and top VHP functionaries in Gujarat today to finalise his plans for the fast at the state VHP headquarters.

Mr. Kokje had been the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from 2003 to 2008. Jay Shah, VHP spokesperson and close aide of Togadia, said that Togadia will sit on an indefinite fast to protest against the alleged attempt to discredit the VHP by some individuals. Closely associated with the RSS, Mr. Kokje had also been the president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad and the vice-president of the VHP.

According to reports, Togadia will launch his own organisation called 'Hindu Hi Aage '(Hindu is ahead) to work for the welfare of "100 crore Hindus". He emphasised his "commitment" to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and the imposition of a Uniform Civil Code in the country.

"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.

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.

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