A DAY after he was sacked as RSS Goa chief, Subhash Velingkar on Thursday reinstated himself, and said the Goa unit would function independently of the parent body on political issues, at least till the assembly polls next year.
Following the action against Velingkar, over 300 RSS office-bearers in the state resigned late on Wednesday. “All the district officer-bearers and other RSS workers from the state resigned on Wednesday. So technically, the Goa RSS unit is defunct. As karyakartas, we are reviving the Sangh organisation. Also, we declare that we are no longer a vibhag of the Konkan prant, but a prant in itself,” said Velingkar.
“Whether the RSS headquarters in Nagpur accepts us or not, we will voluntarilty send reports to it, follow its guidelines and hold daily shakhas. However, as far as political issues are concerned, we may consider taking directions from Nagpur only after the 2017 state elections,” he said.
Velingkar was removed from his post in the wake of his forum, Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), persistently challenging the BJP government in the state as part of its campaign for making regional languages like Konkani and Marathi the medium of instruction in schools. They had even shown black flags to the BJP chief Amit Shah during a recent visit to the state.
He said today that he and his supporters would back the BBSM in the 2017 polls. “There is no going back on our decision, we will support BBSM in the 2017 elections,” he said.
“The BJP must learn that it was born out of the RSS, and not vice versa. In the 2012 elections, the Congress was ousted as it did not give any commitment on the medium of instruction issue. In 2017, the BJP will learn why it must not take the Sangh for granted,” he said, claiming that over 10,000 RSS workers in the state support the BBSM’s demand.
Velingkar, however, denied that he would contest the polls himself. PTI quoted him as saying that Union Ministers Manohar Parrikar and Nitin Gadkari were instrumental in the Sangh taking action against him. “Parrikar and Gadkari are powerful at the Centre. They have (been) strongly lobbying there… They must have wrongly fed the RSS high command,” he said.
Meanwhile, Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar tried to downplay the development. “It’s between RSS and BBSM to resolve the issue,” he said.
— With PTI inputs