Panaji: Subhash Velingkar, who was sacked as RSS Goa unit chief on Thursday, said he and his supporters would function independently of the parent body at least till the Assembly polls. He also blamed Union ministers Manohar Parrikar and Nitin Gandkari for his removal from the Sangh.
"Last night, several RSS workers have resigned from their posts. We have now split from Konkan prant forming a separate RSS Goa prant," Velingkar told reporters. He, however, added, "We will approach the parent body seeking affiliation after the Assembly polls in March 2017."
Velingkar, who was removed from the key post by the RSS, said the workers have "reinstated" him as the Goa "Prant Sangh Chalak." He was "relieved" from his charge of the state by the RSS in the wake of his forum Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) persistently challenging the BJP and its government in the state as part of its campaign for making the local language Medium of Instruction (MoI) in the schools.
They had even shown black flags to the BJP national chief Amit Shah during a recent visit to the state.
The BBMS has been pressing for regional languages like Konkani and Marathi to be made the MoI in schools and grants given to the English-medium institutes stopped. Sangh said Velingkar was sacked because he was indulging in political activities, which as an RSS member he could not do.
Countering the charge of meddling in politics, he sought to know as to why the Sangh did not object to his involvement in the political movement during 2012 Goa Assembly election, in which he gave the slogan of "Congress-hatao".
"When they did not object to my role in Congress-hatao, why are they questioning now when I speak against BJP?," he said.
RSS Konkan prant Sanghachalak Satish Modh, had in a statement, said that Velingkar has been relieved of the charge as he wanted to get involved in political activity.
Earlier, speaking to PTI, Velingkar alleged Parrikar and Gadkari were instrumental in Sangh taking action against him. "I was not shocked. I was anticipating it (the action). (Manohar) Parrikar and Nitin Gadkari are powerful at the Centre. They have (been) strongly lobbying there. They must have tried for it. They must have wrongly fed the RSS high command," Velingkar told PTI.
"There is a possibility of Gadkari and Parrikar misreporting to the RSS headquarters on the issue. Parrikar is very much behind this. For them, I was the only focal point and they tried to break the (MoI) movement. Later they will repent for doing it," said Velingkar.
He also said that the higher-ups could have problems because of BBSM's agitation. "Their (his detractors') stand is not in consonance with the resolution adopted at all-India level (to protect mother tongue in their respective states," he said.
Reacting to Velingkar's removal, over 300 Sangh workers have announced they will quit the organisation and "defeat" BJP in the Assembly polls if he is not reinstated.
A large number of RSS workers from the state last night held an 'emergency' meeting for over three hours at Bambolim near here in the backdrop of Velingkar's removal.
"We are not banking on them (the main RSS), we have detached Goa unit from Konkan prant (region). We will remain as RSS, we will be RSS Goa. We will continue as RSS. We will reinstate the people (officials on their posts),"he added.
Velingkar, who has been fighting for withdrawal of grants to English medium schools and for the cause of promoting regional languages, has been at loggerheads with the saffron party as well as Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
Velingkar said he has never sought to be relieved from the post and said that "RSS' policy of not indulging in politics seems to be inconsistent when it comes to the BJP."
"When BJP tramples upon principles, what is the difference between Congress and BJP? Both the parties are
same. Merely being BJP does not appeal to us. Be it Parrikar or anyone, if you don't conform with the requirement of ideology based on which you seek votes, we don't want them. We are not your (BJP) slaves," he said.
He said that RSS always presumes that after being trained in shakha, a Swayamsevak will continue nurturing the virtues that he has learnt. It depends upon every individual, some people maintain the virtues some don't."