New Delhi, Apr 15: Pravin Togadia, who had been in Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for over three decades, on Saturday announced quitting the organisation and said that he would go on an indefinite strike for the Hindutva cause. 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 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.”

Togadia himself did not participate in the election, which took place in Gurgaon. Around 192 members of the organisation cast their vote through a secret ballot, out of which, Kokje bagged 131. Reddy, on the other hand, could bag only 60 votes. Togadia, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise. The newly-elected President of VHP has nominated Alok Kumar as the replacement of Togadia.

Congratulating the “new VHP team”, Togadia said, “It is very shocking and saddening to see such a grand VHP that we all built to this fantastic level being made to bend, not for Hindu well-being but for individual whims and fancies of some powermongers. Sacrificing the very ideology for which the VHP was founded… is betraying Hindus”, Indian Express reported.

The President polls were conducted in the organisation after 52 years. RSS had lately been at discomfort with Togadia for using the banner of the organisation to accuse Narendra Modi of betraying the Hindutva cause. Soon after the polls, Togadia announced that he would float his own organisation called Hindu Hi Aage (Hindu is ahead) for the welfare of 100 crore Hindus.