Organisation headed by sacked RSS chief in Goa to float new party

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After spearheading the movement on the Medium of Instruction (MOI) issue, RSS affiliate Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch has now decided to widen its political horizon by floating its own party on October 2 to contest the upcoming Goa Legislative Assembly elections.

Headed by former RSS Goa chief Subhash Velingkar, the outfit is preparing to float the party on October 2, the modalities of which will be chalked out in a “crucial meeting” scheduled for September 16.

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Velingkar, who had taken a strident stance against the ruling BJP over the issue of medium of instruction and even showed black flag to the party chief Amit Shah recently, has been removed from the post by the Sangh.

“When we are going to contest the 2017 elections, all issues concerning the state or people will have to be included in the agenda. A meeting will be held regarding this on September 16,” Arvind Bhatikar, a BBSM leader told PTI.

This would be the first time that BBSM leaders will meet its convener Velingkar after he was relieved of the post of RSS Goa chief. He then formed the Sangh’s Goa Prant.

BBSM had been aggressively demanding making regional languages the Medium of Instruction in in primary schools of Goa and stopping grants to English medium school. It has been at loggerheads with the BJP-led state government for the last couple of months on the issue.

Bhatikar said the MOI issue will always remain a focal point of the party.

He said agendas on which election will be fought are yet to be discussed, but broadly the soon-to-be formed party will speak out against off-shore casinos and Electronic Dance Music festivals like Sunburn and Supersonic.

Bhatikar said it will also oppose increasing “de-Goanisation” in North Goa’s coastal belt on the name of tourism.

To a query regarding Velingkar’s ouster from the RSS, the former IAS officer said the act indicates “collective failure of RSS leadership in Nagpur.”

In the meeting, it will also be discussed whether or not to project a chief ministerial candidate for the polls, he said.

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