RSS, BJP war of words turns shriller in Goa on MOI issue

May 3, 2016 by  
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medium of instructionPanaji, May 1, 2016: The ongoing bickering between RSS and ruling BJP in Goa over the issue of medium of instruction (MOI) in schools escalated yesterday with reports of a meeting between Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and party chief Amit Shah wherein the former sought replacement of Sangh’s state unit chief.

RSS, which has been demanding education in schools in regional languages, has opposed the state government’s stand on providing grants to church-run English medium schools.

As per reports, Parsekar had demanded replacement of RSS state unit chief Subhash Velingkar during his meeting with Shah in Delhi recently.

The Bharatiya Bhasha Surkasha Manch (BBSM) has been holding agitations demanding grants only for those schools who have regional languages as MoI.

Velingkar had recently criticised the BJP-led government over the issue, appealing people “not to allow these people (BJP) on your doorstep during election”.

Raju Sukerkar, an RSS leader, said Velingkar has been getting support from common people on the MoI issue.

The government has been under fire from RSS and BBSM for continuing giving grants to English medium schools affiliated to Church’s Diocesan Board of Education.

Another RSS leader Subhash Desai said the government has created “confusion” over the issue.

“The CM has been maintaining that government’s stand is that MoI should be regional languages. But his deputy Francis D’Souza has made a statement that primary education can be in any language even in English. Why this discrepancy in the statements?” he asked.

Desai said the common people wanted to know the exact position of the government on the issue.

He clarified that RSS and BBSM are two different organisations and that BJP should not confuse people on this.

“The statement was made that RSS was taken into confidence before giving grant to English medium schools. This is an utter lie. Neither RSS nor BBSM was consulted by the government. We would have strongly opposed such a decision,” Desai said.

BBSM plans to hold public meetings in all constituencies to raise the MOI issue. The first meeting held at Mandrem, in chief minister Parsekar’s constituency, on April 24 saw over 3,000 people in attendance.

“The Goa government is under the archbishop’s rule,” Velingkarhad said at the meeting.

– indian express

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