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VHP to support parties swearing by Hindutva

DROPPING AMPLE hints that the saffron brigade wasn?t happy with its offshoot BJP, the VHP international general secretary Praveen Togadia said here today that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad would support political parties, including regional parties or independent candidates, who supported their 13-point principles centred on Hindutva during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 21:50 IST

DROPPING AMPLE hints that the saffron brigade wasn’t happy with its offshoot BJP, the VHP international general secretary Praveen Togadia said here today that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad would support political parties, including regional parties or independent candidates, who supported their 13-point principles centred on Hindutva during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

He said that the VHP would decide on support after the political parties spelt out their manifestoes before the elections. Making the Vishwa Hindu Parishad strategy clear, he said that the first choice of the VHP would be to support a national party.

But in the absence of it, the organisation would support the regional parties or independent candidate inclined towards the Hindutva cause, he added. For this, the VHP men would cobble up support of 10,000 voters who would come on one platform in each Assembly segment of the country to turn the tide, he told a press conference.

He said that the average Assembly constituency has 1.25 lakh voters and the voting percentage of these constituencies average 50 or below. About the recent terror attacks in India, he said that he disagreed with the statements that they were solely Pakistan-sponsored, adding that without local support such violent incidents can’t be executed.

He reiterated that the VHP would constitute ‘Suraksha Samitis’ in small localities nationwide to identify such local links of terrorists and keep an eye on the suspicious people.

First Published: Mar 18, 2006 21:50 IST