VHP leader Pravin Togadia hails BJP manifesto

Allahabad, Apr 7: Welcoming the inclusion of issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code in the BJP's election manifesto, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday demanded a time-bound roadmap from the party on these subjects.

In a statement, VHP leader Pravin Togadia, however, said he was disappointed over "no mention of strictly tackling terrorism" in the manifesto.

The firebrand leader said he hopes "this matter will be tackled with immediate effect".

"It is good that following a strong demand from the VHP and other Hindu organisations, Hindu-related issues like Ram Temple, Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, Kashmiri Pandits and protection of cows have found a place in the BJP's election manifesto.

"We hope the momentum will be maintained by concrete steps for solving these issues with Hindu well-being as the primary goal" in the event of a BJP-led government coming to power at the Centre, he said.

"Hindus now expect that Article 370 is abrogated at the earliest unlike in the past when there have been discussions only.

"It is also expected that the Ram Janmabhoomi issue will be resolved by a Parliamentary legislation and not remain stuck in endless debates," Togadia said.

"There must be a time-bound road map for resolving these issues.

"Concrete steps must be taken for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and to ensure that cow slaughter is checked effectively. It must be ensured that common civil code is applied to all walks of life and does not remain confined to providing equal rights for minority women," Togadia said.


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