RSS Removes Goa chief for working against state BJP government

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has sacked its Goa chief Subhash Velingkar on Wednesday, in order to penalize Velingkar for maintaining a stand against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on the issue of the medium of instruction in schools.

“Velingkar has been relieved of his responsibilities. He wanted to get into some political activity. Being a Sangh leader, he can’t do that.” said RSS’ All India Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya.

Vaidya said they have not decided on a new name for the post. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, however, is unhappy with the decision, reported NDTV. He said, “As a Swayamsevak, I would say it should not have happened”.

On Monday, Velingkar announced that he will form a new party for the 2017 Assembly election in Goa to oppose the BJP in the state. According to PTI, he reportedly said the BJP was unlikely to win the upcoming polls because it did not keep its word on making Konkani and Marathi the medium of instruction in schools.

Velingkar’s Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch has long protested against the state BJP government for patronizing English as a medium in schools and approving grants to the Archdiocese-led primary institutions. Volunteers of BBSM had protested using black flags at an event on August 20 that was attended by BJP’s national president Amit Shah.