The Shiv Sena on Friday declared it would support the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) if it contests the Goa elections in 2017.
Earlier this week, sacked Goa RSS chief Subhas Velingkar had declared that the BBSM, which he is part of and which is campaigning for education in the mother tongue, would contest the polls.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the Sena’s Goa president Sudip Tamankar said the BBSM demand to make regional languages like Konkani and Marathi the medium of instruction in schools was similar to the Shiv Sena’s preference for local languages in education.
“The Sena will always support the cause of protection of local language, culture or heritage,” he said.
Asked if his party would ally with the BBSM on the political front, Tamankar said, “The BBSM has confirmed it will contest the 2017 state election. We will get together and discuss poll strategy and jointly face the polls as political allies.”