Soon after getting ‘relieved’ by the RSS as its Goa unit sanghchalak, Subhash Velingkar on Sunday attacked the Bhartiya Janta Party for compromising the local interests for its political motives. Velingkar, 68, also hit out at the RSS leadership for stopping him from criticizing Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP chief Amit Shah, whom he called gunhegar (culprit).
“To protect the party (BJP) image, they (RSS) told me not to criticize Manohar Parrikar, not to speak against Amit Shah. With such kind of restriction how can one sincerely work for society. How can you spare a culprit (Gunhegar) from criticism,” Velingkar said at a meeting attended by his supporters.
Maintaining that he has not left the RSS, he said, “We all have recognized that Sangh is on a different curve today. Some of our brothers call our action a rebellion. We have never rebelled against the Sangh. We can’t rebel. We did not embrace the RSS with closed eyes, or because someone asked us to join. We have joined Sangh as the inspiration came from within and we will remain swayamsevaks till our last breath.”
Velingkar is currently running a campaigning against the use of English as the media of instruction in the state and has formed Bharatiya Basha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) as well. Arguing that Konkani and Marathi language formed the core of Goan identity and not Portugese or English, Velingkar hit out at the BJP governemnt in Goa for appeasing the minority continuing with the Congress government’s policy of extending grants to primary institutions with English as medium of instruction. He said over over 450 RSS karyakarthas walked out of the organisation to work independently for the protection of culture and language of the region.