April 26, 2018

Togadia legacy ends, VHP gets its new worldwide president

16 April 2018, 10:28 | Taylor George

Togadia legacy ends, VHP gets its new international president

Aide loses VHP chief poll Pravin Togadia his post

Former Himachal Pradesh governor V S Kokje was today elected the VHP's global president.

The election and removal of Togadia from the position of VHP worldwide president reportedly took place due to RSS's discomfort with Togadia using the banner of the organisation to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of betraying the Hindutva cause.

The president of the VHP, which had been at the forefront of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in the 1990s, nominates the global working president, the de facto head of the organisation.

State VHP leaders, however, refrained form expressing their stand on Togadia's proposed fast. 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 has been criticized by the BJP faced a lot of opposition within the VHP in recent times.

Mr. Kokje had been the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from 2003 to 2008.

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File image of newly elected VHP global president VS Kokje. "The VHP cadre as well as Hindu saints will join Togadia in his fast to save the VHP", Shah said.

"I got disenchanted with this government in the last four years". Grand temple of Ram will be built at his birthplace.

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 surfaced later to allege that his life was in danger.

"Finally and inevitably, the balance went in favour of Prime Minister Modi and it was decided that an attempt to recapture the VHP would be attempted", said a senior source.

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