Pravin Togadia quits VHP after his nominee loses election for president

Pravin Togadia feels those in power have forgotten the promise of building Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya

Pravin Togadia feels those in power have forgotten the promise of building Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya

Mr. Kokje had been the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from 2003 to 2008. He became Governor of Himachal Pradesh on 8 May 2003, serving in that post until 19 July 2008.Now global president for VHP after Pravin G Togadia.

Togadia, who has been with the VHP for over three decades and served as its worldwide working president since December 2011, announced quitting the outfit in a press conference after his nominee to the post of global president of the VHP was defeated in voting. In the latest elections, it was a contest between Raghava Reddy (Togadia's loyalist) and Kokje.

Togadia had informally been the leader of the VHP since 2003 and was formally appointed to the post in 2011.

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File image of newly elected VHP global president VS Kokje. He added that though associated with the VHP "for the past 32 years", he was "no longer with the organisation".

"It is very shocking and saddening to see such a grand VHP that we all built to this fantastic level being made to bend, not for Hindu well-being but for individual whims and fancies of some powermongers", said Togadia after congratulating the new team, according to The Indian Express. But Reddy lost the election to Kokje who won 131 out of the 192 total votes in the election that was held in Gurgaon. In the meanwhile Togadia is reportedly planning to go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad beginning from April 17.

Togadia has lately been at loggerheads with senior BJP leaders and had claimed that there was threat to his life. 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. The events in Gurugram are an attempt to bring a closure to the churn in the larger Sangh Parivar, as the complications between the BJP government at the Centre and the Sangh outfits' agendas grow.

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