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People in attendance at BBSM rally in Mandrem on Sunday

BBSM to govt: stop grants or face consequences


MAPUSA: Warning the state government to stop grants to the English medium schools before the new academic year begins or else be ready to face serious consequences in the upcoming elections, the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) Sunday exhibited its strength by holding one of its biggest public meetings in Mandrem.

Over 3,000 people attended the meeting held in Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s constituency to protest against the state government’s medium of instruction (MOI) policy.

Dignitaries addressing the rally took on the government for its stand on the medium of instruction.

Addressing the gathering, BBSM leader Subhash Velingkar praised the people for their attendance despite pressure tactics by BJP. He said that the BJP government has cheated the people on the promises of 2012 and warned that if no decision is taken on stopping the grants to the English medium schools, the government will have to face the consequences.

Speaking on the occasion, Uday Bhemre said, “The government is saying that it supports mother tongue and on the other hand it also gives grants to English medium schools. Whose mother tongue is English? BJP was openly stating how English would harm the society. Why did it have to change its stand after coming to power? We warn the government that before the next academic year begins, the grants should stop.”

Criticising Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Arvind Bhatikar said that on every Saturday and Sunday, “narad” arrives in Goa and influences the BJP. “We should praise Rajendra Arlekar for not even fearing narad. BJP from the inside knows what is right and what is wrong. All BJP workers should join BBSM,” Bhatikar said.

Writer Pundalik Naik said that the Congress government has created a mess in the state education system. He said that it is the right time for Parsekar to create history by supporting primary level education in the mother tongue as Shashikala Kakodkar had done. He also said that the BJP leaders have lost their balance. “I encourage and support the one who burnt effigies of Narendra Sawaikar,” Naik said.

Advocate Swati Kerkar said, “What our society will be should not be decided by the 30 per cent of minority community. If the government had stopped grants to English medium schools four years back, there would have been no question of the 29,000 students, which the government claims will be in trouble if our demands are fulfilled.”

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