Hate Speech: BJP fumes at Togadia, calls rants 'divisive'

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Praveen Togadia
New Delhi, Feb 13: VHP leader Praveen Togadia has become a big headache for BJP. According to media reports BJP has expressed its reservations regarding Togadia's hate speech to RSS. On Tuesday, BJP and RSS had a closed door meeting in New Delhi. Sources say, BJP wants to portray itself as a "neutral" party in the run up to the General Elections 2014.

BJP leaders feel Togadia's "divisive rhetoric" will create a divide between the party and its urban voters.

Recently, Togadia made a hate speech at Maharashtra where he targetted a particular community.

What Praveen Togadia of VHP said at Nanded on Jan 22, 2013

[Owaisi] said, remove the police [and see what we do]. I say, for 20 years, the police has stood aside, doesn't he know what happened? In Nellie, Assam, the police, stood aside and more than 3,000 dead bodies got piled up. Not one was Hindu. Something similar happened in Bhagalpur, Bihar...The Ganga was full of dead bodies, not one Hindu. In Moradabad, Meerut, and in Gujarat, too, police stood aside.

Maharashtra police has registered two cases against the VHP leader on Thursday, Feb 7 over his hate speech in which he had targetted MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi.

At a public meeting at Bhokar town in Nanded district of Maharashtra on Jan 22 - details of which are now emerging after a video-recording was posted online - Togadia had allegedly attacked Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi and members of a particular community.

Earlier, Owaisi was sent to jail on charges of delivering a hate speech at Nirmal town in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh in Jan 2013. All India United Democratic Front member Imran Ali wrote to Nanded Police regarding Togadia's hate speeches. Citing the complaint, Nanded police filed the FIR. But he is yet to be arrested.

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