According to reports, Togadia delivered a provocative speech in Bhavnagar in Gujarat on Saturday in which he gave a Muslim businessman 48 hours to vacate his house, failing which he asked his group of followers to take forcible possession of his properties and fight a legal battle later, which will go on for years.
    
The reports claim that the VHP leader also threatened them with violence and asked his followers to "go with stones, tyres and tomatoes" and that there was nothing to fear.

However, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar rubbished such reports, saying “I talked to Togadiaji. He said he did not make such a statement.”

He added that the VHP leader said he will take "legal action" against the report.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party AAP demanded action against Togadia for "vitiating the peaceful atmosphere" during elections.

"This is an extremely shocking and a shameful act and goes against the constitution of India which provides equality and freedom for every citizen. The AAP also demands that the Election Commission of India should direct immediate registration of an FIR against Togadia and the Commission should take strict action against him, so that he is not allowed to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere during elections," said a statement issued by the party in the national capital.
        
The statement also said that BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should come clean on the issue.
    
"AAP demands that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi should publicly repudiate this act, take strict action against Togadia and the mob that gathered on that night and assure no such incidents will be allowed in future,” the statement said.
        
"If no action is taken against Togadia and his followers, Modi's complicity in such actions will become clear," the statement added.

Togadia’s hate speech came after senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh had made another controversial comment, asking all Modi critics to leave the country for Pakistan.

(JPN)

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