Over 400 Members Resign in Goa After State Chief’s Sacking


PANAJI: Atleast 400 volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS resigned in Goa after protesting against the sacking of state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar.

This decision was taken by the volunteers after many top leaders of RSS party met at a school complex near capital Panaji for over six hours and talked about the removal of Mr Velingkar, one of the most influential RSS leaders in Goa.

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"All office bearers from the district units, sub district units and shakhas along with hundreds of others have decided to quit the RSS, until Velingkar Sir is reinstated," a leader of state unit said.

Head of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch, Mr Velingkar said he is promoting English over regional languages like Konkani and Marathi. 

On Monday, Mr Velingkar cautioned that the BJP could lose one year from now's gathering races in Goa, debilitating to coach another political gathering to thrashing it. A week ago, he was seen in a dissent where dark banners were waved at BJP President Amit Shah when he went to the state.

"He has been soothed from his obligations. He needed to get into some political action. Being a Sangh pioneer he can't do that," senior RSS pioneer Manmohan Vaidya said on Wednesday, reporting Mr Velingkar's expulsion.

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who has rejected remark portraying it as an "inside matter" of the RSS, and his ancestor and now Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, have been blamed by Mr Velingkar for "deceiving individuals' trust" by about-facing on the BJP guarantee of provincial dialects as a medium of direction in schools.

His supporters see a BJP hand in his expulsion. "RSS is a guardian body. Goa BJP can't direct terms to the RSS," said a senior RSS pioneer Jayant Leleeven as volunteers yelled "Disgrace, Shame."

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