VS Kokje elected VHP's new global president

VS Kokje elected VHP's new global president

VS Kokje elected VHP's new global president

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

Former Himachal Pradesh Governor V S Kokje was Saturday elected the VHP's worldwide president, ending decades-long reins of firebrand leader Pravin Togadia whose nominee and incumbent Raghava Reddy faced a huge drubbing in the first election in 52 years.

Gandhinagar: Dr Pravin Togadia, former global working president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will go on indefinite fast from April 17 at RTO Ahmedabad.

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Prior to his election to the worldwide president on Saturday, Kokje was the global vice president of the VHP.

State VHP leaders, however, refrained form expressing their stand on Togadia's proposed fast.

Kokje defeated MR Reddy by bagging 131 votes to 60. Togadia, however, alleged irregularities in the exercise.

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File image of newly elected VHP worldwide president VS Kokje. I was in it for 32 years. "Hindus first is the mission of my life and from Tuesday, I will go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad for fulfilling the long-standing demands of Hindus", he said. He emphasised his "commitment" to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and the imposition of a Uniform Civil Code in the country.

Claiming that scores of Hindus were killed in police firing during the post-Godhra riots, he said he could not understand how it could happen when "Narendrabhai" (Narendra Modi) was the chief minister.

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