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'Hindu Rashtra' in two years: Togadia

Source: PTI
December 15, 2002 18:04 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in Gujarat was a turning point in Indian history and the experiment of the 'Hindutva lab' will be repeated in Delhi, Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia said on Sunday.

Togadia told a press conference in Jaipur: "The Hindutva lab has started functioning... the BJP has won all the three seats where by-elections were held in Rajasthan. The final result will come by the next assembly election in the state.

"When madrassas in various parts of the country can train jihadis, why can't the VHP set up its Hindutva lab?

"The minorities should decide how they want to live in India... The VHP will not decide their future... it is a question of co-existence in the Hindu Rashtra.

"A Hindu Rashtra can be expected in the next two years... we will change India's history and Pakistan's geography by then," he added.

The VHP leader also asked the Congress to change its policy of "appeasing minorities".

He said while Gujarat had turned out to be a "graveyard for secular forces", the Congress had become like the Muslim League.

VHP senior vice-president Giriraj Kishore told Press Trust of India on phone from Mumbai: "It is high time that the so-called secularists realised the strength of Hindus and rectified their political line."

"It is a victory of nationalist forces. The Gujarat electorate has told the Congress and BJP to read the writing on the wall," Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joint spokesman Ram Madhav said.

Even the BJP, he said, should keep in mind the "upsurge of nationalist feelings" in the country while drawing its future course of action.

Madhav expressed hope that the verdict would change the direction of national politics.

Bajrang Dal national convenor Prakash Sharma termed the victory as a "slap on the face of pseudo-secularists".

Asked about his expectations from the new BJP regime, Sharma said, "We only want them to protect the self-respect of Hindus and avoid unnecessary appeasement of minorities."

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