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VHP not to float own political outfit

December 19, 2005 22:26 IST

Denying that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had any plan to float its own political outfit, VHP International General Secretary Pravin Togadia on Monday said his organisation would certainly support a 'Hindu polity' that would protect Hindu society, and bring an end to the minority appeasement.

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Talking to newspersons on eve of the three-day conference of VHP's Board of Trustee, the parishad's highest decision making body, he said the meeting would consider a proposal to develop a strong 'Hindu vote bank' to protect the society and carry forward its Hindutva agenda.

The conference begins at Sokhda Swaminarayan Temple near Vodadara in Gujarat from Tuesday.

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Without naming the Bharatiya Janata Party, Togadia said, "VHP had a bitter experience in the past by trusting a national political party. Hindus across the country, who supported it, now feel cheated by the party. So, we need to be very careful in extending our support to any political party in future."

Asked about VHP's future plan of action, the leader asked the media to wait till January two when it would "play its 'Hindu card' for political parties" with its charter of demands.

Togadia was obviously referring to L K Advani's decision to step down from the post of BJP President after the national convention of the party in Mumbai, starting next week.

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To a question, he said VHP had now distanced itself from all political parties but was ready to take a positive stand and extend its full support if any party, including the Congress, accepted the Hindutva agenda and decided to build a Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

Taking strong exception to the government's decision to bring Hindu temple trusts under the purview of the Value Added Tax, Togadia said this was a deliberate attempt to "finish Hinduism," which his organisation would never tolerate.

The VHP leader dared the government and chief ministers of any state to bring Masjid Jakats and Churches under the VAT regime for their commercial activities.

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