Sacked Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar reinstates himself

Says state unit to work independently on political issues

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Panaji | Updated: September 2, 2016 5:41 am
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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.

Read | Goa: 300 RSS workers to resign following Subhash Velingkar’s removal

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

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    Pertama Chaudhry
    Sep 2, 2016 at 3:49 am
    A slap in the face of those who thought RSS is a non-political social service organization.
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    SubbuI
    Sep 2, 2016 at 6:43 am
    HISTORY IS WITNESS FOR. THOUGH ANY TERROST ORGANISATINS IS DISCIPLENED UNTILL THEY TASTE POWER. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENING TO INDIAN VERSION OF ISIS ie RSIS. GOA GOES FOR POOLS. CLOWN DEFAULT MINISTER lt;br/gt;( split SPECTACALED joker) IS OUT OF SCENE AS MAHA FEKU WAS OUT OF GUJARATH. THESE RSIS GOONS FAUGHT THERE TO AND BEN WAS THROWN OUT. SAME THING IS HAPPENIG IN GOA. Power corrupts even terroristslt;br/gt;MERA BHARATH HAI MAHAN
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    bitterhoney
    Sep 2, 2016 at 2:51 am
    In RSS every member is treated as slave, dissent is not tolerated.
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    Ashok Mazumdar
    Sep 2, 2016 at 1:24 am
    You are late. Pl go fight goa election and make a Govt there. I wish u best
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    Krishna Kumar
    Sep 3, 2016 at 6:43 am
    Sri Velingkar must follow the instructions of sangh.As a disciplined Swayamsevak,you should not behave like that.This is the first time,this type of development seeing in sangh.We are working for our nation.Please do not divide people on the basis of language.This incident shows that he got some personal problems with Parikker. Sangh is not an instrument to use personal interest.
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  6. శ్రీహర్ష నముడూరి
    Sep 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm
    Notice the lies spread by Indian Express, Mainstrem Media about the 'reason' for the Goa chief to be sacked. Mr.Velingkar has asked for the Hindu English insutions to be treated on par and given the same benefits that the Christian insutions. As the BJP Sarkar in Goa had a tie up with the Catholic Church, they have continued funding the minority English educations and removed the same for others. Mr.Velingkar has protested this pseudo-secularism.
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  7. శ్రీహర్ష నముడూరి
    Sep 3, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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  8. శ్రీహర్ష నముడూరి
    Sep 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm
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