Senior VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Thursday said his organisation will oppose any move by the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Telangana government in providing 12 per cent reservations to Muslims.
Addressing a ‘Virat Hindu Sammelan’ here on the eve of the golden jubilee celebrations of VHP, Togadia, who is international president of the organisation, said the party will take legal recourse if the state government comes up with any such move.
“VHP will oppose any move by the state government for providing 12 per cent reservations to Muslims and will take legal recourse if needed,” Togadia said.
Providing of reservations to Muslims was one of the promises made by Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in its poll manifesto in April.
Togadia also appealed to Hindus to eradicate untouchability and maintain unity “to save the religion”.
“Each and every Hindu should maintain cordial relations with SC/ST’s and upper and lower castes should share common kitchens,” he said.
Raking up the issue of “love jihad”, Togadia said VHP was not against “pure love”.
“Love jihad is not pure because Hindu girls are converted to Islam after their marriage but in no case any Muslim boy gets converted to Hinduism.. This is clearly the ‘love jihad’ and we are against it,” Togadia said.
He said that construction of the temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya is the matter of “self respect” to Hindus.
VHP national president G Raghava Reddy and regional president Rama Raju also spoke on the occasion.