Not many takers for Togadia show
THE GAMEPLAN of the saffron brigade to revive euphoria of Hinduism before the Vidhan Sabha elections seems to be failing, if lukewarm response to three public meetings of the firebrand VHP leader Pravin Togadia here today was any indication. Sparse gathering and lack of enthusiasm was enough hint at people?s changing priorities.india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 01:38 IST
THE GAMEPLAN of the saffron brigade to revive euphoria of Hinduism before the Vidhan Sabha elections seems to be failing, if lukewarm response to three public meetings of the firebrand VHP leader Pravin Togadia here today was any indication. Sparse gathering and lack of enthusiasm was enough hint at people’s changing priorities.
Togadia, who used to attract huge crowds, was also a different person today as the usual ‘fire’ was missing from his speech. Instead of his favourite Muslim-bashing, he spoke more on the theory of birth and rebirth and asked Hindus to donate one per cent to ten per cent of their earnings to check the menace of ‘conversion’.
Togadia said Islamic forces were spending Rs 65,000 crores annually on conversion and asserted that it could be countered if every Hindu spared Re one every day, he said. Togadia, however, accused Muslims for tardy progress of the society and country as the minority community was not ready to adopt family planning and for it the ‘shariat’ was above the Constitution. Condemning the UPA Government for its ‘soft stand’ on terrorism and delaying the death of Afzal, he said of Muslim vote bank politics would encourage terrorists and jeoparadise integrity of the country.
Addressing a ‘Virath Hindu Sabha’ organised as part of the ongoing celebrations of birth anniversary of Guru Ji at Maruti Park in Triveni Nagar here this evening, he regretted that Hindus had become good doctors, intellectuals, engineers but had seized to be a ‘good Hindu’. Togadia said there was no dearth of Hindus or their leaders wearing typical Muslim caps at iftaars but he was yet to meet a Muslim who ready to smear his forehead with ‘tilak’.
Quoting the Sachar Committee report, Togadia said the only contribution of Muslims to the country’s progress was population explosion. He said while Maharashtra had one per cent Muslim, the representation of the community in jails was 42 per cent. “This reflected their activities,” he said.
Earlier, a VHP leader called upon the Hindus to keep at least one weapon in their house and asked them to consult him to know about ‘arms’ developed by him which did not come under the purview of the Arms Act.