VS Kokje elected VHP's new worldwide president

Aide loses VHP chief poll Pravin Togadia his post

VS Kokje elected VHP's new worldwide president

The right-wing organisation elected former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje as its new chief, setting aside Togadia's nominee, the incumbent Raghav Reddy, which prompted Togadia, who alleged irregularities in the exercise, to quit the outfit.

Togadia was appointed as the global working president of the organisation in December 2011.

The president of the VHP, which had been at the forefront of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in the 1990s, nominates the worldwide working president, the de facto head of the organisation.

Togadia had informally been the leader of the VHP since 2003 and was formally appointed to the post in 2011. Former Himachal Pradesh governor Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje has challenged the incumbent president Raghav Reddy, who is seen as a close aide of VHP worldwide working president Praveen Togadia. In the latest elections, it was a contest between Raghava Reddy (Togadia's loyalist) and Kokje.

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Mr. Kokje had been the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from 2003 to 2008.

File image of newly elected VHP global president VS Kokje. In the meanwhile Togadia is reportedly planning to go on an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad beginning from April 17. "Let us together now take our commitments ahead - commitment to build a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, to get a law passed in Parliament to ban cow slaughter, to abrogate Articles 370 & 35A in Kashmir, to deport Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, to make farmers debt free, to make Bharat Ram Rajya", he added.

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

"Finally and inevitably, the balance went in favour of Prime Minister Modi and it was decided that an attempt to recapture the VHP would be attempted", said a senior source.

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