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V S Kokje elected VHP's international president

Press Trust of India  |  Gurgaon 

Former V S Kokje was today elected the VHP's for which voting was held for the first time in over five decades.

Kokje got 131 votes and defeated incumbent who mustered 60 votes. 192 delegates of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were eligible to vote in today's election in Gurgaon.

Former working Pravin Togadia, who batted for Redyy, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise.

The election was necessitated after the organisation's members failed to reach a consensus on a new

Kokje proposed names for the new central team, which were approved the Board of Trustees, according to a VHP statement.

has been made the VHP working president and the working president (external).

Milind Parande is the new and

Champat Rai will be the and Venkata Koteswara Rao the

After the election, Togadia said they would continue to be the voice of Hindus.

He stressed the need to work together for building a Ram Temple at Ayodhya, getting a law enacted to ban cow slaughter and abrogating Article 370 and 35A.

Article 370 gives autonomous status to and Article 35A empowers its legislature to define the state's "permanent residents", their special rights and privileges.

Togadia alleged that there was an attempt to rig the elections.

It was "shocking and saddening" to see that the VHP has been made to bow before power "not for Hindu wellbeing but for individual whims and fancies of some powermongers", he said in a statement.

"Hindus all over can clearly see through the dirty political designs in cracking the grand VHP," he said.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 19:55 IST