While drawing the battle lines with the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) over the issue of medium of instruction (MoI), the party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa reiterated its stand that it would not be withdrawing grants given by them to the English-medium schools in the state.
“BJP is a political party and we believe in further taking all people along. We respect the decision of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) in order to support mother tongue, but our stand on MoI will continue to be the same,” BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar told reporters here on Monday.
Sawaikar’s statement has come a day after RSS ‘Goa Prant’ had held a mega convention appealing people to vote against the BJP, and RSS’ newly-appointed Goa Vibhag Sanghchalak Laxman Behre’s demanded that BJP should further withdraw grants to English-medium schools.
School in Goa
The Lok Sabha MP has also clarified that the party has the utmost respect for RSS. “RSS is one of the rewarded and most respectable organizations not only in India but also across the world,” he said.
When asked about the call which was given by the Subhash Velingkar-led ‘RSS Goa Prant’ not to vote for BJP in the upcoming Assembly polls, Sawaikar said that, such things will have no impact on the party’s prospects.
BBSM has been vociferously opposed the grants to English medium schools in Goa and led agitations against the Laxmikant Parsekar government demanding that primacy be given to Marathi and Konkani languages as the MoI in schools.