Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Pravin Togadia is facing severe criticism on social network site Twitter for allegedly delivering a hate speech against Muslims in Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
According to a report in The Times of India , Togadia on Saturday targeted Muslims buying properties in Hindu areas. He later joined a street protest outside a house bought by a Muslim businessman near Meghani Circle.
In the politically charged atmosphere where the issues of communalism and hate speeches have triggered a big debate, the leader of saffron outfit VHP also reportedly gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the businessman and directed a gathering to attack the house if he did not "relent".
Expressing his angst over the incident, journalist Rahul Pandita tweeted, "If Togadia's speech does not qualify for legal action, I don't know what else does!"
Barkha Dutt, another top journalist, took potshots at Togadia by tweeting, "Why doesn't someone do us all a favour and "evict" Praveen Togadia instead?"
Twitter handle @rameshsrivats wrote on the micro-blogging site, "If Togadia has his way the whole country will be divided into Hindu areas, Muslim areas, and so on. Our society will become an Area Samaj."
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, however, denied that Togadia had made the statement and said the VHP leader said would take "legal action" against organisations for the report.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the controversy:
A Doctor, a Bigot, a Fanatic, a Freak and a Radical Nut walked into a bar. The Bartender said "Welcome Pravin Togadia"— Joy (@Joydas) April 21, 2014
All those blindly claiming that Gujarat ghettoisation is no big deal, as it happens everywhere, do note the virulence of Togadia's statement— Mihir Sharma (@mihirssharma) April 21, 2014
Giriraj Singh & Praveen Togadia are simply vocalising what the others with their very same mindset have cleverly learnt to conceal.— kaveri (@ikaveri) April 21, 2014
People are suddenly finding Advani secular. Modi fans should start supporting Togadia; will make Modi secular.— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) March 20, 2014
Don't justify Imran Masood by comparing him to Varun Gandhi. This is unfair.His ideal match is Owaisi,Togadia or @narendramodi— ScotchyChalaPakistan (@scotchism) March 28, 2014
Swamy: deny Muslims a vote; Giriraj: send Modi critics to Pakistan; Togadia: evict Muslims from Hindu areas; & BJP wonders why there's fear.— Pierre Fitter (@pierrefitter) April 21, 2014
Pravin Togadia, you are a disgrace to modern India.We give YOU 48 hours to withdraw hate comments and take back open threats.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 21, 2014