Shocked over his sacking from the organisation, Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar has accused Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of “cheating” people of the state. Velingkar was sacked for being a key member of the Bharatiya Basha Suraksha Manch which has decided to float its own party to fight against the ruling BJP in 2017 elections.
The BBSM is demanding the introduction of vernacular Konkani and Marathi as the mediums of instruction in primary schools, and withdrawal of grants to English medium schools in the state, The Indian Express (IE) reports. The organisation has been critical of the BJP leaders including state CM Parsekar and Parrikar.
The IE reported Venlingkar as saying that Parrikar, who grew up under him, has cheated him, BBSM and people of the state by making “fake-poll promises” of implementing the mother tongue as the medium of instruction in schools and revoke grants to English medium school.
In 2012, while campaigning for the state Assembly polls, Parrikar had made a famous 100-minute speech arguing how English as a medium of instruction was affecting the local culture.
Velingkar had earlier waved a flag flag at BJP national president Amit Shah when he visited Goa. However, the sacked RSS chief said that he hadn’t waved the black flag against Shah but to highlight the “injustice, cheating and U-turn” by Parrikar on the medium of instruction in schools.
Velingkar, who was appointed the state RSS chief in 1996, told the IE that BBSM would not compromise on its demand and fight against the BJP either independently or with BJP’s ally MGP.