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VHP will launch stir against prevention of communal and targeted violence bill

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad would strongly oppose the proposed Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011 and claimed that it would only target the Hindus.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2011 23:26 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad would strongly oppose the proposed prevention of communal and targeted violence bill, 2011 and claimed that it would only target the Hindus.

Senior VHP leader Pravin Togadia on Monday said that the proposed law, if adopted, would make it constitutionally accepted that only Hindus cause riots and that Muslims, Christians and other minority communities would never be held responsible for riots.

He alleged that the proposed bill was a "conspiracy" of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and others to enact an anti-Hindu law. It was primarily because the definition of the term "group", which is the backbone of this draft bill that is made in such a manner that the majority, that is the Hindus, will be at the receiving end, he said.

Tagodia said that VHP will launch a massive countrywide agitation to oppose the bill. "We will meet all the MPs, including those of the Congress and caution them about the dangerous pitfalls," he added.

The VHP leader said that the bill was finalised by the National Advisory Council, headed by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and other "anti-Hindu members".

If the government tries to pass the bill, it would embarrass the Congress and its president Sonia Gandhi on the lines of Shah Bano episode during the Rajiv Gandhi era, he pointed out.

Togadia was here to begin a Hindu Helpline service in the country to unite the Hindus.

The Hindu Helpline will extend all necessary helps to Hindu in distress for health, travel, religion, culture and problems with government machinery."This will work as 24-hour system and network for felicitation across the country and extend necessary help to needy Hindus accordingly," he informed.

According to him, around 100 full-time district convenors and 25,000 volunteers are working for the helpline. “While travelling or even otherwise, we wish that there should be someone reliable around to help.

Sometimes there may a sudden natural calamity or a personal health problem or an accident. In such emergencies, the helpline will play a role of a reliable friend of Hindus,” he narrated.

The Helpline call centre will hear the needy and pass on the immediate message to the volunteer at the location where the caller has a problem within 30 seconds. “The needy will get the help within half an hour,” he further informed.

First Published: Aug 01, 2011 20:59 IST