Pravin Togadia To Launch New Party 'Hindu Hi Aage' As Term As VHP International President Ends

| April 15 , 2018 , 11:20 IST

The controversial Pravin Togadia was replaced as the International President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) after a 7 year term on Saturday, as for the first time in 52 years an election was held for the top VHP post. Togadia's aide Raghav Reddy lost to former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje by a two thirds majority.

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".

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The election and removal of Togadia from the position of VHP international president reportedly took place due to RSS's discomfort with Togadia using the banner of the organisation to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his  government of betraying the Hindutva cause.

"This blatant anti-Narendra Modi and anti-BJP stance is not the style of the sangh now. Now, it knows how crucial it is to remain relevant by being critical of policy when needed but not losing sight of politics in the country," a senior leader said to the Economic Times.

"It is the working president who effectively leads the organisation. Togadia has held the position since December 2011, when he was nominated by his loyalist Reddy, who took over as president the same month. With a third person now, it is clear he will have no say over the organisation anymore," a person familiar with the matter said.

Since 2003, Togadia had been the informal leader of the VHP and was appointed to the role of International Working President, the top executive position of the group in 2011. Hailing from Gujarat Togadia is a surgeon who is known for his provocative and incendiary speeches.