VHP to seek Hindus vote to those who protect their interests
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad would conduct a campaign to make Hindus vote for those who protect their interests, its senior leader Ashok Singhal said in Hyderabad.india Updated: Mar 16, 2009 18:34 IST
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) would conduct a campaign to make Hindus vote for those who protect their interests, its senior leader Ashok Singhal said in Hyderabad on Monday.
A meeting of religious leaders held in Mumbai in January has drafted a 'National Manifesto' listing out the 11 demands, he told reporters.
The 11 demands include construction of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, pushing for a common civil code, putting an end to proselytisation and illegal infiltration and "protecting the country from Jihadis, the church and the Maoist violence".
"We do not support any particular party. We support all those who support these 11 points. We want the parties to include these points in their manifestos. We are going to the masses. Masses will decide. It is for them," Singhal said.
A one-month-long campaign highlighting the demands has already been conducted, he said.
He appealed to the Islamic institutions to issue a 'fatwa' declaring that Hindus are not non-believers and therefore there can be no jihad against Hindus.
"They should further declare that India is a land of peace and that it is not a land against which Islamists have to wage a war," the VHP leader said.
First Published: Mar 16, 2009 18:33 IST