Pravin Togadia quits as President after three decades

Adjust Comment Print

He became Governor of Himachal Pradesh on 8 May 2003, serving in that post until 19 July 2008.Now worldwide president for VHP after Pravin G Togadia.

Former Himachal Pradesh governor V S Kokje was today elected the VHP's global president. Kokje bagged 131 of the votes, defeating Reddy, who could muster only 60. Vishnu Sadashiv registered the victory against G. Raghava Reddy, a close aide to VHP leader Praveen Togadia.

Earlier, VHP working committee on December 29, 2017 met in Bhubaneswar to elect the next president, however, the plan did not go well because of differences in the rival factions.

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

Kokje proposed names for the new central executive team, which were approved the Board of Trustees, according to a VHP statement.

As per reports, Togadia's new organisation is going to be named "Hindu Hi Aage" which translates into Hindus at the forefront. He added that though associated with the VHP "for the past 32 years", he was "no longer with the organisation". In the meanwhile Togadia is reportedly planning to go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad beginning from April 17.

He laid stress on the need to work together for building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, getting a law enacted to ban cow slaughter across the country and abrogating Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution.

"Hindus all over can clearly see through the dirty political designs in cracking the grand VHP", said Mr Togadia, who has off-late been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership.

All this did not sit well with the RSS. 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.