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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Upbeat BBSM enrols 700 cadres on Sunday mega show

Will intensify movement further by enrolling 2 lakh ‘protectors’ of language between July 21 & Aug-end

‘Matrubhasha Rakshak Abhiyan’ at Bambolim
PANJIM: The battle to protect mother-tongue took another step with Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) enrolling around 700 cadres on a single day as ‘mother tongue protectors’ at a convention that indicated mega show of strength ahead of 2017 State polls.
The convention on Sunday had BBSM’s top brass encouraging people to join the campaign to protect the language and ensure grants to Diocesan-backed schools are withdrawn.
“We will not allow the government to crush the mother-tongue. Our aim is not only to defeat the BJP-led government for its U-turn on the Medium of Instruction but also warn other parties not to play with the sentiments of language lovers,” BBSM Convener Subhash Velingkar said at the launch of ‘Matrubhasha Rakshak Abhiyan’ at Bambolim on Sunday.
The torch-bearer of education in the mother tongue that backed BJP during the 2012 assembly elections for its ‘complete support to regional languages’ chalked out strategy to ensure the existence of the language remains unharmed. “The BJP has broken trust of the people. They used our volunteers to campaign for them,” BBSM member Subhash Desai commented as he mocked at the government for rushing to Delhi to ‘seek advice’ from Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar following BBSM’s successful rallies in different corners of the State.
The newly inducted ‘rakshaks’ (protectors) of mother tongue took the pledge to take the mission ahead by further enrolling at least two lakh protectors through 600-odd small and corner meetings scheduled from July 21 to August 31, 2016. “People joining our campaign will sign the pledge, copies of which are circulated among around 700 language protectors on Sunday. Our cadres will carry out the enrolment through area committee meetings across the State,” BBSM leader and Konkani protagonist Uday Bhembre told Herald emerging from the four-hour meeting, adding that no political strategy was discussed.
The manch, however, did not decide any political strategy even as it has already appointed Election Strategy Committee headed by Bhembre, also a senior journalist. The committee is contemplating to either support Independent candidates or form a ‘shell’ of Independent candidates or a political party having similar ideology.

Herald Goa News

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