In his first public speech after being ‘relieved’ by the RSS as its Goa unit sanghachalak, Subhash Velingkar Sunday hit out at the BJP, saying local interests were compromised by the party for its political interest. The 68-year old leader, who is running a campaign against the use of English as the medium of instruction in the state and formed the Bharatiya Basha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), also hit out at the RSS leadership for stopping him from criticising Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP chief Amit Shah, whom he called guneghar (culprit).
“To protect the party (BJP) image, they (RSS) told me not to criticise Manohar Parrikar, not to speak against Amit Shah. With such kind of restriction how can one sincerely work for society. How can you spare a culprit (Gunhegar) from criticism,” Velingkar said at a meeting attended by his supporters.
Stating that Konkani and Marathi language formed the core of Goan identity, and not Portuguese or English, Velingkar slammed the BJP government in Goa, accusing it of minority appeasement and continuing with the Congress government’s policy of extending grants to primary institutions with English as medium of instruction. He said that over 450 RSS karyakarthas walked out of the organisation to work independently for the protection of culture and language of the region.
Maintaining that he has not left the RSS, Velingkar said: “We all have recognised that Sangh is on a different curve today. Some of our brothers call our action a rebellion. We have never rebelled against the Sangh. We can’t rebel. We did not embrace the RSS with closed eyes, or because someone asked us to join. We have joined Sangh as the inspiration came from within and we will remain swayamsevaks till our last breath.”