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Ram Temple issue: Togadia slams PM Modi, Bhagwat; says RSS only concerned with interests of Muslim community

The former VHP leader further alleged the RSS was not interested in pursuing the cause of building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: October 07, 2018 20:40 IST ]
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Togadia slams PM, Bhagwat over Ram Mandir

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, former Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia on Sunday accused them of not fulfilling the promise of constructing Ram Mandir on the disputed land in Ayodhya.

Togadia also slammed Bhagwat for stating that "Hindu Rashtra does not mean there is no place for Muslims," at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's three-day lecture series in September this year.

"Hindu Rashtra doesn't mean there's no place for Muslims. The day it is said so, it won't be Hindutva any more. Hindutva talks about Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam," Bhagwat had said.

"I want to ask if there is no Hindutva without gau hatyaare (cow killers), love jihadis, stone pelters and Pakistani flag wavers in Kashmir,” Togadia said addressing a press conference in Nagpur on Sunday.

"We had joined the RSS 52 years ago considering it to be a Hindu organisation. But now we feel it is only concerned with the interests of Muslim community," Togadia added.

The former VHP leader further alleged the RSS was not interested in pursuing the cause of building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

He said that instead of demanding a temple be constructed, the RSS chief should "order" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the government to enact a law in Parliament to pave the way for a Ram Temple.

He also accused PM Modi of "appeasing" Muslim community and going back on the promise to build a Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

"When it comes to the SC/ST Act, Modi says Parliament will decide on the matter and not the courts. But when it comes to building the Ram Temple, Modi backtracks and says the courts will decide on the issue and not Parliament," Togadia said.

The former VHP leader also charged the prime minister with forsaking the ideology of the BJP as well as that of Hindutva.

When asked if VHP will support the Shiv Sena in the elections, Togadia said, "If (Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray pursues the saffron flag (Hindutva politics), we will support him."

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