Goa RSS chief shown the door


The Rashtriya Swaymsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday removed its Goa chief Subhash Velingkar for his continued agitation against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the medium of instruction in primary schools in the State.

Sources in the Goa RSS confirmed the decision. RSS official Manmohan Vaidya said Mr. Velingkar was sacked for working against the BJP-led coalition government and floating a political outfit to contest against it in the 2017 Assembly polls.

Mr. Velingkar, however, refused to respond to the development.

A source said Mr. Velingkar would present his version of events at a press conference to be convened by the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar at first refused to comment when presspersons approached him after a special Assembly session. However, when the journalists persisted, he expressed regret over the removal. Mr. Parsekar said, “As a swayamsevak I would say it should not have happened.”

Mr. Velingkar-headed BBSM has been spearheading an agitation favouring regional languages as the medium of instruction in primary schools. He alleged that the BJP went back on its electoral promise of stopping grants to English-medium primary schools fearing a backlash from its significant Catholic voter-base in the State. He accused the government of promoting the English language over regional languages such as Konkani and Marathi. On August 20, he led a demonstration that waved black flags at BJP president Amit Shah during his visit to the State. He also warned that the BJP would face defeat in the upcoming Assembly election.

The issue boiled over on Monday when the BBSM announced that it would float a regional party to take on the BJP in the polls.

Mr. Velingkar said the BBSM had backed the BJP in the 2012 Assembly polls as the party promised to fulfil its demands when it came to power, but the governments under Manohar Parrikar and Mr. Parsekar failed to do so.

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