Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The news furore over VHP's Togadia's hate speech against Muslims

The India Today reported that an anti-Muslim speech by VHP leader Pravin Togadia, which triggered a furore on Monday, with the AAP demanding his arrest for the "hate speech" and the BJP and RSS defending the VHP president and denying that he made any anti-Muslim statement.

As per media reports, Togadia gave a provocative speech in which he gave the Muslim family 48 hours to vacate their houses, failing which he asked his group of followers to take forcible possession of the house and fight a legal battle later which will go on for years.
Togadia also threatened them with violence and asked his followers to “go with stones, tyres and tomatoes” and that there is nothing to fear. Finally he confessed to similar crimes committed by him in past and the affected Muslims had lost both property and money.

In its website, AAP noted, "Coming as it does on the heels of the BJP candidate from Navada Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, Giriraj Singh’s statement that those who oppose Modi will be sent to Pakistan, it shows that the BJP and its associated organisations like the VHP are trying to inflame communal feelings and communalise the situation in the country for votes."

Togadia, has termed the news report "fabricated" and slapped a legal notice against the media.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) strongly condemned the speech by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, Saturday when he targeted Muslims for buying properties in certain areas.

The AAP described the speech as "extremely shocking and a shameful act" and added that it "goes against the constitution which provides equality and freedom for every citizen".
The AAP demanded that the Election Commission "should direct immediate registration of an FIR against Togadia and should take strict action against him, so that he is not allowed to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere during elections".

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, however, defended Togadia, saying: "I talked to Togadiaji. He said he did not make such a statement."

You can read the news report by clicking here and here and here.

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