Togadia slams Modi: PM abroad when daugh­ters un­safe at home

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

FOR­MER VHP leader Pravin Togadia, who quit the VHP on Sun­day will sit on an in­def­i­nite fast here from Tues­day in an ap­par­ent show of strength.

Togadia quit the VHP af­ter for­mer Hi­machal Pradesh gover­nor VS Kokje was elected as VHP’s in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent, de­feat­ing Togadia’s nom­i­nee Raghava Reddy. “To­day our sol­diers are not safe on borders, farm­ers are com­mit­ting sui­cide and our daugh­ters are not safe in their homes. And yet, our Prime Min­is­ter has em­barked on a for­eign tour,” Togadia said told re­porters. Modi to­day em­barked on a five-day visit to Swe­den and the UK.

“The en­tire Gu­jarat unit of the VHP is be­hind Togadia. That is why around 5,000 VHP work­ers and lo­cal lead­ers who sup­port him have quit the out­fit. Togadia will be­gin his in­def­i­nite fast to re­mind the BJP of its own prom­ises. Build­ing Ram Tem­ple or abo­li­tion of Ar­ti­cle 370 was in BJP’s man­i­festo,” Gu­jarat VHP spokesper­son Jay Shah 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. Spec­u­la­tion is rife that Togadia would launch a new out­fit.

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