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Ex-chief of Goa RSS says Parrikar has ‘cheated Hindus’, mass resignation follows

Sacked RSS Goa unit chief Subhash Velingkar hit back on Thursday, a day after he was removed from his post for allegedly working against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government here.

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Velingkar accused Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of “cheating the Hindus” in the state.

Velingkar, who denies having any political ambitions, told that he wants to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a political battle.

“When we began the struggle for preservation of Indian languages — Konkani, Marathi and others — that are listed in the eighth schedule of the Constitution during the Congress rule, Parrikar had promised that the schools run by the Dioceses will be shut, but now he is projecting himself as messiah of the minorities (Christians).”

Velingkar, a former teacher who has been demanding education in mother tongue, said the RSS cadre was upset with Parrikar’s “intent to seek voting rights for minorities who have opted for dual citizenship”.

over 400 RSS volunteers, including district, sub district and shakha heads announced their resignation from the Hindu organisation, in protest against the unceremonious sacking of state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar earlier in the day.

The mass resignations following a marathon six-hour meeting held at a school complex near Panaji, in which over 100 local RSS members and office bearers accused Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and BJP top brass, including Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of conspiring to sack Velingkar, one of the most influential RSS leaders in the state.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting which was also attended by the office bearers of the Sangh’s Konkan region, Ramdas Saraf, south district pramukh of the RSS said: “All office bearers from the district units, sub district units and shakhas wing with hundreds of others have decided quit from the RSS, until Velingkar Sir is reinstated”.

“We will not work for RSS until the decision to strip him as Goa Vibhag Sangh Chalak is revoked,” Saraf said.

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