Togadia's run of VHP is over

Pravin Togadia was with VHP for over three decades

The veteran leader, who served as the VHP worldwide working president since December 2011, announced his decision in a press conference after his nominee to the post of global president of the VHP was defeated in voting, which were the VHP's first elections in over five decades.

Earlier, VHP working worldwide president Pravin Togadia had claimed that due procedure was not being followed in the election. The former Parishad chief had resigned after his close aide, Raghav Reddy, had lost VHP presidential election to retired justice V S Kokje. Togadia, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise.

He served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from 2003 to 2008 and took over as the vice president of VHP in 2014.

According to reports, Togadia will launch his own organisation called 'Hindu Hi Aage '(Hindu is ahead) to work for the welfare of "100 crore Hindus". I was in it for 32 years.

He announced a programme to go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad from April 17 to highlight the problems faced by farmers, workers and women. Grand temple of Ram will be built at his birthplace.

Mr. Togadia's exit was not unexpected, especially after events in Bhubaneswar, and given his long-standing and public differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Togadia had made a sensational statement last month, claiming that a Rajasthan police team had come here to abduct him and he feared he could be eliminated in a staged encounter. He surfaced later to allege that his life was in danger.

Togadia, who has chose to undertake an indefinite fast from Tuesday, said his "disenchantment" with Prime Minister Narendra Modi began right after the 2002 post-Godhra riots. 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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