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Pravin Togadia's hate speech causes uproar on social media

Monday, 21 April 2014 - 7:31pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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VHP president Pravin Togadia said on Sunday in Gujarat that Muslims should be barred from buying property in Hindu-dominated localities. 

He also told the gathering, attended mainly by local residents and Bajrang Dal workers, that a 48 hour ultimatum should be given to the Muslim occupants of the house to move out, failing which Bajrang Dal should storm the house and take posession of it.

The comment caused much outrage, but the RSS denied that Togadia had made any such comments. It said that the news was fabricated, and Togadia himself claimed that it was a 'conspiracy' against him.

Social media, however, is not ready to let the issue die down quickly. Twitter was buzzing with the #ArrestTogadia on Monday, where Twiterrati slammed Togadia, RSS and the BJP. However, some Twitter users had a different take as well.

Mr Davesh Dixit took a dig at several politicians in his tweet:

Karan Sharma indirectly targeted Narendra Modi for Togadia's hate speech:

Rashmi Tambe also called for the arrest of Giriraj Singh:

Another user had a unique take on the issue:

Ms. Rajpurohit however seemed to hold a different opinion:

Joydeep shared her thought process:

This user offered another unique perspective, obliquely, which none of us would have thought of:

The controversy over Togadia is unlikely to die down soon, as the Congress and other opposition parties are sure to use it to grill the BJP and its PM candidate Narendra Modi. The fact that the incident took place in Gujarat, Modi's state, could provide additional fodder for the Congress and its allies. Moreover, the Election Commission has sought the tape of Togadia's speech.

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