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Togadia slams PM's foreign tour when 'daughters are not safe'

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Former leader Pravin Togadia, who is going to sit on an indefinite fast here from tomorrow, kept up his attack on today saying the is going abroad when "daughters are not safe".

The of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, meanwhile, came out in Togadia's support, claiming that the entire unit was behind the

"Today our soldiers are not safe on borders, farmers are committing suicide and our daughters are not safe in their homes. And yet, our has embarked on a foreign tour," Togadia said told reporters.

today embarked on a five-day visit to and the UK.

Togadia quit the after former V S was elected as VHP's international president, defeating Togadia's nominee Raghava Reddy, two days ago.

In an apparent show of strength, Togadia, a former international working of the VHP, would sit on indefinite fast.

As many as 5,000 district-level workers who support Togadia have quit the right-wing outfit, VHP claimed.

"The entire unit of the VHP is behind Togadia. That is why around 5,000 VHP workers and local leaders have already tendered their resignations. To remind the BJP of its own promises, Togadia will begin his indefinite fast from tomorrow," Shah said.

"Through this fast, Togadia just wants to remind the BJP that building or abolition of Article 370 was in the party's manifesto. VHP or Togadia are not demanding anything new," he added.

The fast would be held at the GMDC ground here, said Rajubhai Patel, another VHP

While speculation is rife that the firebrand leader would launch a new outfit, Togadia remained tight-lipped on his plans, only saying that the picture will be clear after tomorrow.

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

Yesterday Togadia had said that in 2014 elections, VHP offered full support to Modi, but after becoming prime minister, Modi termed gau-rakshaks as 'Gundas' (goons).

"Eleven cow-protectors in were given life imprisonment (by a court) after his statement. This hadn't even happened under the government," Togadia had said.

"This government has taken back cases against Pakistan-supporters and stone-pelters in Kashmir," he had claimed.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:10 IST