NEW DELHI/RAJKOT: Congress and several other Indian parties on Monday came down heavily on Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia for his reported remarks that Muslims should be stopped from buying property in Hindu areas and said that the VHP leader should be “hospitalised” for treatment.
Meanwhile, the Gujarat police on Monday registered an FIR against Pravin Togadia for his ‘hate speech’, India’s NDTV reported.
The Indian Election Commission has sought the recording of the speech made by Togadia.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that the saffron party, which is leading the NDA, is trying to make “Hindus fight against Muslims” and also seeking to create two Indias with one for chosen business class and another for the poor.
“BJP people are trying (to) make Hindus fight Muslims,” Rahul said while addressing his maiden rally in this district headquarters town in Telangana, after the bill carving out a new state was passed by Parliament.
Pravin Tagodia’s statement
Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) president Pravin Togadia sent temperatures soaring in Bhavnagar on Saturday evening with a hate speech that targeted Muslims for buying properties in Hindu areas.
At night, Togadia joined a group of VHP and Bajrang Dal members on a street protest outside a house purchased by a Muslim businessman near Meghani Circle.
While saffron groups have been regularly organizing ‘Ram Dhuns’ and ‘Ram Darbars’ to thwart such deals, Togadia went a step further by asking the protesters to take complete control of the house and put a ‘Bajrang Dal’ board on it.
Togadia told the gathering that there were two ways to stop such deals. One is to pressurize the state government to bring in Disturbed Areas Act in Bhavnagar, which prevents inter-community sale of immovable property. The second is to take forcible possession of the house and fight a legal battle later which will go on for years.
He gave the Muslim occupant 48 hours to vacate the house. “If he does not relent, go with stones, tyres and tomatoes to his office. There is nothing wrong in it. Killers of Rajiv Gandhi have not been hanged … there is nothing to fear and the case will go on,” Togadia told the charged-up gathering.
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