Taking exception to Lyngdoh seeking a report from the Gujarat government on the VHP's yatras ahead of the assembly polls, the outfit's senior vice-president, Giriraj Kishore, said, "He is going too far to prove his secular credentials, which have come to be identified with Hindu bashing."
"Lyngdoh gave a green signal to elections in Jammu and Kashmir despite widespread terrorist activities, but here [in Gujarat] he is objecting to a mere yatra of Hindu religious leaders," he said.
"The VHP is a non-political organisation and everyone have a right to create awareness among their communities," he said and questioned as to why Lyngdoh was not taking note of the "political fatwas [edicts] being issued from mosques".
The outfit had earlier condemned Lyngdoh's decision to defer polls in the state as a "part of a deep-rooted conspiracy" and referred to his and Congress president Sonia Gandhi's "common Christian background".
Kishore also dismissed reports that the VHP wanted to contest 30 seats on Bharatiya Janata Party tickets as "mischievous and wrong propaganda and a blatant lie to malign" the outfit.
"As a non-political body, none of our functionaries contest polls and will not do so in Gujarat also. However, if some functionary contests at a personal level, he will not remain an office-bearer," Kishore said.
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