Former Goa RSS chief and Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) president Subhash Velingkar on Tuesday announced his retirement from politics. Less than two years after he threw his hat into the electoral ring, he ruled out any possibility of contesting polls in the future, saying that he would now dedicate his time to getting all Hindu organisations in Goa under one umbrella.
On Tuesday, Velingkar said that the parent organization of GSM, Bharat Mata Ki Jai, had decided his withdrawal from active politics. Both Bharat Mata Ki Jai and later, its political offshoot, GSM, were formed after Velingkar and his loyalists broke away from the Sangh in 2016 after disagreements over the Parrikar-led Goa government’s medium of instruction (MoI) policy.
Velingkar rebelled against the RSS after accusing the Sangh of toeing the line of the Parrikar-led BJP government on the MoI policy. Velingkar had opposed the continuation of grants to around 130 schools run by a Church wing, after these schools shifted their medium of instruction from Konkani to English.
“I will not come into the political field again. We have decided that I will not contest elections in the future either. The reason is that the next line of defence, the youth, are now ready to take on the role in Goa Suraksha Manch,” Velingkar said.