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

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

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

Mumbai: Pravin Togadia ended his three-year-long journey as President on Saturday.

Former Himachal Pradesh governor V S Kokje was today elected the VHP's worldwide president. Togadia, who batted for Reddy, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise. They point out that with the election of former governor VS Kokje as global president and advocate Alok Kumar as working president, the organisation has picked "legal luminaries" who will play a crucial role in the hearing of the Ram Temple issue in the Supreme Court.

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

Another functionary, however, said it was too soon to write off Togadia, as 60 of the 192 eligible voters had voted for Raghava Reddy, who is close to him. Closely associated with the RSS, Mr. Kokje had also been the president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad and the vice-president of the VHP. Togadia's aide Raghav Reddy lost to former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje by a two thirds majority. I was in it for 32 years.

According to reports, Togadia will launch his own organisation called 'Hindu Hi Aage '(Hindu is ahead) to work for the welfare of "100 crore Hindus". He emphasised his "commitment" to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and the imposition of a Uniform Civil Code in the country.

The effort to oust Togadia was linked to his repeated attacks on Prime Minister Modi. Following the incident, he was admitted to hospital, where among his visitors were Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) chief Hardik Patel and Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia.

"This blatant anti-Narendra Modi and anti-BJP stance is not the style of the sangh now".