Goa BJP asked to stop appeasing Christians

August 18, 2016 by  
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Goa, August 17, 2016: At a meeting held in Canacona in South Goa, the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) has asked the BJP to stop appeasing Christian lobby for vested interests and warned that yielding to Church leadership would not help the party to come to power in 2017 polls.

Addressing the meeting organised at the municipal hall, BBMS supremo Subhash Velingkar criticised the church leadership, accusing it of influencing politics in the State.

“During the 2012 assembly polls, the party had an understanding with church leaders to have Catholic MLAs elected to power. Were the five leaders even primary members of BJP before they contested on the BJP ticket? What happened to the party’s boasting of allotting tickets only to its devoted workers and leaders,” asked Velingkar.

“We will not tolerate any insult to mother tongue, and I vehemently detest the politics played by people in power,” said Velingkar.

Arvind Bhatikar accused both the Congress and the BJP governments in the State of playing communal politics by giving grants to English primary schools run by the Archdiocesan Board of Education.

“It is our money, how could the government give our money to schools run by the Christian boards to English primary in primary schools. This is the time to save Goa,” said Bhatikar.

Konkani writer Nagesh Karmali claimed that if BJP was not in a position to rule the State, it would be better to leave the boat.

Other speakers suggested that Nagaland and Mizoram are the only States in the country where primary education is in English and that the same is because people living there were mostly converts.

According to later reports, the BBSM supporters have intensified their protests against provision of grants to English medium primary schools. They waved black flags at Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, Water Resources Minister Dayanand Mandrekar, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, Aldona MLA Glen Ticlo and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo yesterday, when the BJP ministers and MLAs came to Mapusa for the inauguration of a new police station building.

– goa.com

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