Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje wins VHP president election, Praveen Togadia to step down

Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje wins VHP president election, Praveen Togadia to step down

The decision after Togadia's aide Raghav Reddy was defeated by retired justice and former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje in polling for the post of global president of the VHP.

After the election, Mr Togadia said they would continue to be the voice of Hindus.

Since 2003, Togadia had been the informal leader of the VHP and was appointed to the role of International Working President, the top executive position of the group in 2011. But Reddy lost the election to Kokje who won 131 out of the 192 total votes in the election that was held in Gurgaon. I was in it for 32 years.

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The organisation elected former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje as its new chief, setting aside Togadia's aide Raghav Reddy.

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. In the meanwhile Togadia is reportedly planning to go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad beginning from April 17. He emphasised his "commitment" to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and the imposition of a Uniform Civil Code in the country.

"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. 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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