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Monday, August 29, 2016

New medium: BBSM to take on BJP with a party

Panaji: Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Monday announced it is floating a regional political party to contest the upcoming assembly elections to defeat the BJP.
BBSM said that it will contest a minimum of 35 seats and added that it is still open to an alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), provided they sever their ties with the BJP before September.
The name of BBSM's party will be announced on October 2.

"MGP is on the same wavelength as us on the issue of grants to only Konkani/Marathi medium primary schools. We have set a condition for the MGP to cut off its alliance with the BJP and we have set a deadline of September-end for them to decide. If they cut ties with BJP and align with us, then we will contest the polls by sharing seats between MGP and BBSM's political outfit," said BBSM's Uday Bhembre, adding that the manch will serve as the parent body of the political party.
He said that the work of formation of BBSM's political party will continue and will not wait for the MGP's decision on a pre-poll alliance.
"If the MGP continues its alliance with the ruling BJP, then that option closes for us, and we will contest from at least 35 constituencies on our own. We already have candidates in mind in all these constituencies. As of now only Nuvem, Benaulim, Cuncolim, Quepem and Velim are being left out from our plans due to lack of workers in the areas as there areno good candidates there," Subhash Velingkar said.
He said that other than fighting for grants to only regional language medium in schools, BBSM's political party will also take up 'various issues of importance to the electorate in Goa' like casinos and special status for the state.
"We could not find another viable option to support in the forthcoming elections and we also want to be self-reliant and are therefore contesting the polls on our own. We do not want to be betrayed by the BJP as we were the last time, when we supported them wholeheartedly," said Bhembre.
Velingkar, who is also the state RSS chief, responding to a question, said that the RSS has supported BBSM since it was first formed and that BBSM can continue to count on the sangh's support.
"The RSS has never compromised on its principles. The BJP as a party in Goa has violated these principles by giving grants to English medium primary schools and I'm sure the RSS will continue to oppose that," said Velingkar.
The BBSM has formed a committee under Hridaynath Shirodkar which will carry out the process of formation of the new regional party.
"By October, we are aiming to register two lakh members across the state under a drive," said Velingkar.

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