Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch, led by the RSS and Konkani stalwarts, has openly played Hindu-Christian chord in electoral politics, in view of the Medium of Instruction controversy.
BBSM leader Aravind Bhatikar has told the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government not to appease the minorities by giving grants to Church-run English medium primary schools.
“Your voter is Hindu. You are in power because of Hindus. Remember this and stop appeasing the minorities”, he said at a press conference convened by the BBSM today.
He also asked the saffron party to review why the BJP-sponsored candidates lost in the municipal elections, especially in the Christian-dominated Salcete taluka.
Margao municipality, consisting of Margao and Fatorda Assembly constiutencies as well as Cuncolim municipality is today led by Congress and independent MLA Vijai Sardesai, by defeating the BJP.
Not Margao and Fatorda, but Cuncolim has a BJP MLA Subhash Naik.
VELINGKAR DARES BJP
Subhash Velingkar, Goa’s RSS chief and another BBSM leader, dared the government led by his own BJP to pass the bill in the forthcoming Assembly session in January.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as well as legislators of BJP-led alliance had assured the Forum for the Right of Children’s Education (FORCE) in the August Assembly session to amend the education act, giving grants to only Church-run English medium primary schools.
Parents belonging to FORCE had paralysed the whole state on 31 July by blocking the national highways passing through Goa at different locations in the state.
The BBSM has now planned an aggressive second phase of agitation, beginning from next month, by forming committees at village level and submitting ‘MoI File’ to all the 40 MLAs.
In view of this, the BBSM has convened a meeting of its hard-core 150 activists at Hedgewar High School in Panaji on Sunday morning.
The BBSM has also condemned the government for not releasing additional fund assured to privately run Konkani and Marathi medium primary schools in the state.
Source : Goa News