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VHP sees organised conspiracy in Nityanand Swami scandal

Last Updated: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 15:18

New Delhi: The VHP on Monday defended self-
styled godman Nityanand Swami, embroiled in a controversy over
a video purportedly showing him in an objectionable position
with an actress, saying it was an "organised conspiracy"
against the Hindus.

"It is an organised conspiracy against the Hindus.
Unless the CD is verified by forensic experts, it should not
be aired by electronic media," VHP leader Praveen Togadia

The Supreme Court ruling in other similar cases should
be followed by the media in this case too, he told reporters.

Asked about plans to serve beef at the Commonwealth Games
village, he hinted that the VHP might take recourse to legal
steps to stop this.

"Commonwealth Games are a matter of great pride for
the country. We will see that our prestige is maintained. But
we will not allow anyone to hurt our religious sentiment. So
we will find a legal, judicial and democratic way to ensure
that beef is not served," he said.

Attacking the Orissa government for stopping him from
visiting communally sensitive Kandhamal district last week,
Togadia said every Hindu should be allowed to visit the

"Orissa government has allowed members of European
Union, who are not citizens of India, to visit Kandhamal and
Togadia, who is a citizen, was not allowed. For Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik, European Union people are more trustworthy
than any Indian citizen," he said.

Togadia said the purpose of his visit to the district
was to "take a `sankalp` (pledge) that the jobs of the SC and
ST and OBC are protected as the Central government was
planning to snatch away jobs and education from every Hindu,
SC & ST and OBC by implementing Ranganath Commission

He said Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, who was shot dead
in Kandhamal in 2008 triggering communal violence, had devoted
his life to providing education and jobs to the weaker


First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 15:18
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