Praveen Togadia, Indian Politician, Probed for Anti-Muslim Remarks

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Monday, 21 Apr 2014 10:38 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Praveen Togadia, president of India's Vishwa Hindu Parishad party, is under investigation by the national election commission after he allegedly made anti-Muslim comments at a rally, saying Muslims should not be allowed to buy property in Hindu areas. He denies it and a search is being made for a tape of his alleged remarks.

"Bring pressure on the government to enact laws where Muslims cannot purchase property in Hindu areas," he is alleged to have said, according to CNN-IBN. "If he does not relent, go with stones, tyres and tomatoes to his office. There is nothing wrong in it. Killers of Rajiv Gandhi have not been hanged . . . there is nothing to fear and the case will go on."

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Togadia is said to have made the comments Saturday evening at a street protest outside the house of a Muslim businessman in the city of Bhavnagar. He said that such actions would send a clear message to politicians during the upcoming elections.

A team of police officers were deployed and stood watch outside the house during the protest.

The story was originally reported by the Times of India, and Togadia denies having said any such things. He told reporters CNN-IBN that he is now suing the Times for fabricating the story.

He said that on the night in question a crowd suddenly appeared and stopped his car, telling him that Hindus in town were being forcibly evicted by Muslims. He says he told them there are laws that keep such things from happening.

Bhavnagar District Collector and Returning Officer P. K. Solanki said that election commission officials, "are in the process of acquiring the recording of the statements made by Togadia and after listening to it they will decide the future course of action."

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