Pravin Togadia quits as President after three decades

Pravin Togadia quits as President after three decades

In a veiled attack on Togadia, VHP's new working president Alok Kumar on Sunday said: "Few people are claiming that the temple building movement will become weak because they have moved away".

The election and removal of Togadia from the position of VHP worldwide president reportedly took place due to RSS's discomfort with Togadia using the banner of the organisation to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of betraying the Hindutva cause.

Mr. Togadia has held that position since 2011, though he had been the driving force of the organisation since 2003.

Kokje got 131 votes and defeated incumbent Raghava Reddy who mustered 60 votes. Togadia, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise. Closely associated with the RSS, Mr. Kokje had also been the president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad and the vice-president of the VHP.

A day after quitting the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in wake of his nominee losing an organisational poll, firebrand leader Pravin Togadia today launched a vicious attack against the Modi government at the Centre.

Reacting to Mr. Reddy's defeat, Mr. Togadia, the stormy petrel of the Sangh Parivar, said he was ready to accept "this small defeat" for a "bigger battle for Hindu rights".

"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.

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.