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Togadia targets Modi after quitting VHP

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A day after quitting the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in wake of his nominee losing an organisational poll, today launched a vicious attack against the at the Centre.

Togadia, who has decided to undertake an indefinite fast from Tuesday, said his "disenchantment" with began right after the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

"I am not in the VHP anymore.... I will continue to work for the welfare of Hindus. From Tuesday, I will go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad for fulfilling the longstanding demands of the Hindus," he had said yesterday after former V S Kokje defeated his nominee Raghav Reddy in an election in Gurgaon for the post of

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

"I got disenchanted with this government in the last four years. The disenchantment, in fact, had started slowly after the 2002 events in Gujarat," he said, speaking to reporters later.

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

"Cases were registered against thousands of Hindus and they were put in jail," he alleged.

"In 2014 elections, the VHP offered full support to Narendrabhai. But he called gau-rakshaks 'gundas' (goons). Eleven cow-protectors in were given life imprisonment (by a court) after his statement. This hadn't happened even under the government," Togadia said.

"This government has taken back cases against Pakistan-supporters and stone-pelters in I was shocked as this government has helped Pakistan-supporters," he went on to say.

Togadia said his indefinite hunger strike would be aimed at the welfare of Hindus and to seek construction of at Ayodhya, nation-wide ban on cow slaughter, enforcement of the common civil code and relocation of displaced Kashmiri Hindus, he said.

All these years he and his associates have been fighting for these causes but to no avail, Togadia said, alleging that "for the last six months, enormous pressure was put on me instead to stop making all these demands."

Many of Togadia supporters, shouting slogans in their mentor's favour at the state in Paldi area here, said they would turn his fast into a show of strength


State VHP leaders, however, refrained form expressing their stand on Togadia's proposed fast.

Asked if the would support Togadia's fast, VHP chief evaded reply, saying he was in hospital and could not make any statement.

Modi and Togadia, both of whom hail from and started out as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteers, drifted apart in the last decade with Modi's rise.

Togadia had made a sensational staement last month, claiming that a police team had come here to abduct him and he feared he could be eliminated in a staged encounter.

During the tussle within state BJP between Modi and former Keshubhai Patel, Togadia, who belongs to the Patel community, was believed to have backed Keshubhai.

Before the 2017 assembly elections, Togadia had criticised the BJP-led government at the Centre. He also had a meeting with Patel Hardik Patel, who had campaigned against the BJP.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 19:00 IST
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