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Thursday, July 14, 2016

MOI panel members named without their consent: BBSM

PANAJI : The BBSM members on Thursday said the government had not sought consent of any of the 17 members before announcing their names as part of the committee. Two members of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), Anil Samant and Madhav Kamat, were named this week by the state government to be on a 17-member advisory committee on the medium of instruction (MoI) issue.

"We were busy and could not confirm with Samant and Kamat whether they had agreed to be a part of the committee. As per the information we have received so far, the government has not sought permission from all of the 17 on the committee," BBSM's Uday Bhembre said.
BBSM had earlier rejected the committee announced by the state government to advice it on whether state grants should be given only to Konkani- and Marathi-medium primary schools or to English-medium schools as well.
RSS chief in Goa Subhash Velingkar said a meeting of 600 BBSM leaders from across the state will be held at Dr Hedgewar High School, Cujira on July 17 and that in the following days an oath "for protection of the mother tongue" will be administered to around two lakh BBSM members in programmes held across Goa.
He said that BBSM will gauge sentiments of its supporters across 38 constituencies in Goa to come to the understanding whether the organisation should contest elections on its own or support a political party or independent contenders at the upcoming 2017 assembly polls. The BBSM has said that it is going to dent the BJP's chances at forming the government again over the MoI issue. BBSM members said that only in the constituencies of Nuvem and Benaulim they will not be active due to very low number of supporters for their demand.
"We will not let the announcement of the new committee affect our agitation because we anticipate the formation of this committee to be only a tactic by the government to buy time," said Velingkar.

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