Pravin Togadia targets PM, says Modi govt has helped Pakistan supporters

Pravin Togadia targets PM, says Modi govt has helped Pakistan supporters

Togadia said that he would sit on the fast in Ahmedabad from Tuesday with demands like legislation for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, common civil code, cow protection, 1.5% of comprehensive cost of MSP to farmers for all crops and jobs to Hindu youths. He attacked Mr. Modi for his five-day visit to Sweden and the United Kingdom starting on Monday.

Togadia has lately been at loggerheads with senior BJP leaders and had claimed that there was threat to his life.

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A day after Pravin Togadia quit the Vishwa Hindu Parishad after his nominee for the president's post, Raghav Reddy, was routed in an organisational poll, the new working president president of the Hindu outfit claimed the change in leadership "will not affect the Ram temple movement". Hailing from Gujarat Togadia is a surgeon who is known for his provocative and incendiary speeches. That is why around 5,000 VHP workers and local leaders have already tendered their resignations.

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. "The VHP or Mr. Togadia are not demanding anything new", Mr. Shah added. "To remind the BJP of its own promises, Togadia will begin his indefinite fast from tomorrow", Shah said. "This hadn't even happened under the Congress government", Togadia had said.

Modi and Togadia, both Gujaratis, started out together as RSS volunteers, in the state but drifted apart in the last decade with Modi's rise.

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