Pravin Togadia, the international working president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) was in Kashmir after the Amarnath attack. While addressing the meeting of state-level VHP activists on Sunday, he said, “Kashmir should be handed over to the Army for giving a befitting reply to stone pelters and bank robbers. Once that is done, the situation there will improve.”
He also held Jammu and Kashmir, chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti responsible for the “declining situation in the state”. After addressing the issue of Kashmir, he also went on to answer questions on Ram temple construction timeline.
He said during the meeting, “The Bharatiya Janata Party has devoted the last three year to make the country strong economically. The Ram temple will be constructed after enacting a law.”
Reacting to the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, he remarked, “Muslims get money from public funds to go for Haj, but Hindus have to finance their Amarnath Yatra. On top of that, they are being killed in Kashmir. The government needs to take some tough steps.”
Although Togadia muted himself from passing any direct remarks on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s appeal to ‘gau rakshaks’ to shun violence. However, he did mention, that the cow vigilantes “should not fear anybody”. “Gau rakshaks should not worry about what people say. Today, the country is demanding ‘Hindu awareness.”
Hindu fire brigade leader also urged activists of VHP sister organizations — ‘Satsang’, ‘Durga Vahini’, ‘Matra Shakti’ and ‘Bajrang Dal’ — to work to raise the membership of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.