An­gry Togadia

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For­mer Vishva Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia has an­nounced an in­def­i­nite fast from Tues­day to protest his 'ouster' from the VHP. Togadia re­signed af­ter for­mer judge VS Kokje de­feated Togadia's nom­i­nee Raghav Reddy for the elec­tion to the post of the or­gan­i­sa­tion's in­ter­na­tional work­ing pres­i­dent. The fast is be­ing seen as Togadia's show of strength, and VHP's Gu­jarat unit has an­nounced its sup­port to the leader. On Mon­day, Togadia kept up his at­tack on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who left for his five-day visit to the UK. “To­day our sol­diers are not safe on borders, farm­ers are com­mit­ting sui­cide and our daugh­ters are not safe in their homes. And yet, our PM has em­barked on a for­eign tour,” he said. Ac­cord­ing to the VHP Gu­jarat unit lead­ers, 5,000 district-level VHP work­ers who sup­port Togadia have quit the or­gan­i­sa­tion. His sup­port­ers said Togadia — through his fast — wants to re­mind the Bharatiya Janata Party that Ram tem­ple and abo­li­tion of Ar­ti­cle 370 was in the party's man­i­festo. He may an­nounce a new out­fit soon.

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