New Delhi, Apr 17: Pravin Togadia, who recently quit the VHP, on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he was thrown out of the party for demanding Ram Mandir, “an issue Modi became the prime minister”. Togadia, who began his indefinite strike for the Hindutva cause, was joined by VHP chief Kaushik Mehta and general secretary Ranchhod Bharwad.
“After 50 years of my life dedicated to the welfare of Hindus, I was thrown out and for what… I didn’t ask for any posts, I didn’t ask for prime ministership…chai ka thaila ya pakoda talne ki karahi nahi manga (didn’t ask for a tea stall or pakoda frying pot),” he said in his speech, Indian Express reported. He further added that he had only asked for Ram Mandir, “the issue on which he became the prime minister”.
“I have no personal issues with Narendrabhai as he portrays in the public. The only issue I have with him is his silence over making law for constructing the temple. If I wanted posts I would have become the chief minister back in 2001. You would not have been the chief minister if I had issues with you,” Togadia said. (Also Read: Please don’t get swayed by power: Togadia to Modi)
Pravin Togadia, who had been in Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for over three decades, on Saturday announced quitting the organisation. Togadia’s decision to quit the organisation came after his aide Raghav Reddy was defeated by retired justice and former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje in polling for the post of international president of the VHP.
Announcing his decision, Togadia said, “I am not in the VHP anymore. I was in it for 32 years. For the welfare of Hindus, I left my home and my lucrative medical practice. I will continue to work for the welfare of Hindus. Hindus first is the mission of my life and from Tuesday, I will go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad for fulfilling the longstanding demands of Hindus.”