Togadia's run of VHP is over

Togadia's run of VHP is over

The decision after Togadia's aide Raghav Reddy was defeated by retired justice and former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje in polling for the post of worldwide president of the VHP. With the death of former VHP leader Ashok Singhal, mediating between Mr. Togadia and the BJP government led by Mr. Modi was becoming increasingly hard. For the welfare of Hindus, I left my home and my lucrative medical practice. Togadia who has been criticized by the BJP faced a lot of opposition within the VHP in recent times. He added that though associated with the VHP "for the past 32 years", he was "no longer with the organisation". He also disclosed that he will start indefinite fast in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Eleven cow-protectors in Jharkhand were given life imprisonment (by a court) after his statement.

Commenting on government's step to withdrawn cases against stone pelters in Kashmir, Togadia said he was shocked.

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

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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".

Mr. Togadia has held that position since 2011, though he had been the driving force of the organisation since 2003. Hailing from Gujarat Togadia is a surgeon who is known for his provocative and incendiary speeches.

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

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