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"Advani must quit politics’’

Wednesday 15 June 2005

He "insulted India" on Pakistani soil, says VHP resolution

HARDWAR: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday asked Bharatiya Janata Party president L.K. Advani to quit politics over his controversial remarks in Pakistan and called on ``wise leaders’’ to take over the party’s reins and make it the torch-bearer of Hindutva.

The VHP’s apex decision-making body, on the first day of a two-day meeting here, adopted resolutions condemning his week-long visit to Pakistan and the state of politics in India. These come on the heels of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s criticism of Mr. Advani for his statement on Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and rejection of the Akhand Bharat concept.

``The manner in which Advani insulted India on Pakistani soil and remained adamant on his stand, the only option available to him is to take total sanyas from politics,’’ VHP secretary-general Pravin Togadia told reporters reading out from a resolution adopted at the meeting of the Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal (central advisory board).

Another resolution asked Mr. Advani to ``apologise’’ to Hindu society for his ``betrayal.’’

However, some top leaders including Swami Parmanand Saraswati of the powerful Akhara Parishad, expressed reservations about religious leaders passing a resolution against an individual politician. It was adopted even as some Hindu religious leaders led by Swami Vishvesha Theertha of Pejawar praised Mr. Advani’s Ram `rath yatra’ and favoured that he be given a chance and ``let off after apology,’’ sources said.

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