With Vishwa Hindu Parishad's Dharma Sansad all set to being on Thursday, there has been much speculation on whether it will endorse Modi as BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
Ashok Singhal is openly pitching for him but Modi's pet peeve Praveen Togadia, refuses to even take the Gujarat Chief Minister's name in his press interactions. While Singhal compared Modi to Nehru, Togadia said he will not talk about one person or one party, reports IBN-Live.
“It is for the first time since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru when a leader has come to enjoy such a massive popularity across the country,” Singhal told reporters at the ongoing Maha Kumbh congregation.
The statement of the former VHP chief came shortly ahead of the proposed visit of BJP National President Rajnath Singh, who is likely to meet senior Sangh Parivar leaders and attend a meeting of the central advisory committee of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Making it clear that the VHP functions according to its ‘maryada’ (decorum) and ‘seema’ (limitations), he said, “We will not violate peace by engaging ourselves in politics. Our sole concern is the welfare of the Hindu community.”
The IBN-Live report says that though a product of the sangh, Modi and the VHP haven't had the best of relations in the past. The Gujarat Chief Minister has wiped away the organisation in his state and Singhal's statement is being seen as an attempt to build bridges with the the rising star of the BJP
Senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia had on Tuesday ducked queries on the likelihood of VHP pressing for projection of Modi as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate. “I will only say the VHP is committed to helping the Hindus achieve what is their due,” he had said when asked about the possibility of VHP pitching for Modi as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate.
“As stated on a number of occasions, we favour a Hindutvavadi Parliament sensitive to the majority community’s needs,” the VHP international working president had said. On Singhal calling Modi “Hindu Hriday Samrat”, he said “We are engaged in a collective effort. This is not the time to ponder over personal likes and dislikes”.
With inputs from PTI