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RSS sacks Goa chief; over 400 members quit immediately

The Goa unit chief of the saffron outfit was spearheading a drive against the BJP government over funding to English medium schools popular among Christian minority community in the state

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday sacked its Goa chief Subhash Welingkar from his post as it was perceived that he crossed the line by embarking upon a confrontation with the BJP government in Panaji, media reported.

The Goa unit chief of the saffron outfit was spearheading a drive against the BJP government over funding to English medium schools popular among Christian minority community in the state.

Velingkar had objected to the state government’s support to English medium schools and demanded it be stopped and continued only for Konkani and Marathi medium schools.

Soon after the Goa chief was sacked, more than 400 volunteers of the organisation, including its district, sub-district and shakha heads, announced their resignation from the organisation on Wednesday.

After around six-hour meeting at a school complex near state capital, attended by more than 100 local RSS members accused the RSS and BJP leaders, including former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, of conspiracy to sack Velingkar.

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