Ex-RSS Goa chief Subhash Velingkar likely to tie up with Shiv Sena for assembly polls

Sacked RSS Goa chief Subhash Velingkar has found a backer in Shiv Sena.

The Economic Times recently reported that the party approached Velingkar to form an alliance against the BJP for the upcoming assembly election in Goa.

Meanwhile, according to Livemint, Velingkar mentioned that he was open to forming an alliance with the Shiv Sena for the same Goa assembly elections that is said to take place in March 2017. Velingkar, in an interview with a Marathi news channel, had said that the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) in Goa, (the party he heads) would make sure that BJP will be defeated in the elections.

Subhash Velingkar. PTI

Subhash Velingkar. PTI

Velingkar, who was sacked as RSS Goa unit chief on 1 September, 2016, said that he 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.

Velingkar, who was removed from the key post by the RSS, said the workers had "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.

The BBSM 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.

Reacting to Velingkar's removal, more than 300 Sangh workers announced that they will quit the organisation and "defeat" BJP in the Assembly polls if he is not reinstated.

The aforementioned report in The Economic Times detailed that on 10 September, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut met Velingkar in Goa. The two reportedly discussed the issue of a tie-up and Raut, confirmed the report, had approached Velingkar for the latter's support for the Shiv Sena that is contesting 20 seats in the state.

Raut was quoted by The Economic Times as saying that, "We held discussions and sought support for our Sena candidates. We also told Velingkar that Sena is also open to a seat-sharing understanding by forming an alliance."

However, the Livemint report quoted an anonymous BJP official as saying that Shiv Sena was "exploiting" Velingkar and that it wanted "to ride piggyback in Goa to ensure damage to BJP in elections”.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Sep 14, 2016 18:13 PM

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