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Hindu Existence Bureau| New Delhi | 9 April 2014:: On 6th April at Indore, senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia conveyed his sharp demands to all the political parties, especially BJP, to promise various concessions and schemes for Hindu community in their manifestos, apart from enactment of law to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“We on behalf of the majority of Hindus have demanded that all the political parties should promise to provide fee-reimbursement to Rs 10 crore poor Hindu students in their manifestos,” said Togadia, the international working president of VHP.
Jobs should be provided to Hindu youths and security to over four lakh Kashmiri Hindus living in refugee camps, he said.
The parties should also promise to enact a law to facilitate construction of the Ram Temple in Ay0dhya, he said.
Cow slaughter and religious conversions should be banned, article 370 of Constitution should be removed and common civil code should be implemented, he said, listing other demands.
He said he has high hopes from BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in this regard.
When asked about Congress President Sonia Gandhi seeking support of the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Togadia said “in the democracy everyone has the right to seek votes”.
He said Hindus should also vote for a party which cares about their rights.
In the very next day BJP released their manifesto on 7th April. Welcoming the inclusion of issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code in the BJP’s election manifesto, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) immdeately demanded a time-bound roadmap from the party on these subjects.
In a statement relaesed on 7th April at Allahabad, VHP leader Pravin Togadia, however, said he was disappointed over “no mention of strictly tackling terrorism” in the manifesto.
The firebrand leader said he hopes “this matter will be tackled with immediate effect”.
“It is good that following a strong demand from the VHP and other Hindu organisations, Hindu-related issues like Ram Temple, Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, Kashmiri Pandits and protection of cows have found a place in the BJP’s election manifesto.
“We hope the momentum will be maintained by concrete steps for solving these issues with Hindu well-being as the primary goal” in the event of a BJP-led government coming to power at the Centre, he said.
“Hindus now expect that Article 370 is abrogated at the earliest unlike in the past when there have been discussions only.
“It is also expected that the Ram Janmabhoomi issue will be resolved by a Parliamentary legislation and not remain stuck in endless debates,” Togadia said.
“There must be a time-bound road map for resolving these issues. Concrete steps must be taken for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and to ensure that cow slaughter is checked effectively. It must be ensured that common civil code is applied to all walks of life and does not remain confined to providing equal rights for minority women,” Togadia said.
Now, Hindus & VHP expect that the mentions in the manifesto really take shape of actions with a time bound concrete road map with no delays. Hope that rather than only discussion on article 370, the said article is fast abrogated; rather than debating various ways, Ram Temple Legislation is passed in Indian Parliament; Kashmiri Pundits are rehabilitated with respect & with safety before December 2014 at the places from where they were chased away in Kashmir; Common Civil Code is established fully in all walks of life rather than only giving equal rights to minority women; the law completely banning cow & cow progeny butchering is passed; provisions of good package to all poor Hindu children & women of all castes as well as establishment of Veda Paathshaalas, Temples, Hindu monuments & people are given safety & all facilities rather than helping only Madrasas and Muslim minority communities.
Courtesy: PTI | VHP.