GSM-Shiv Sena alliance won’t affect BJP’s prospects in Goa: Sadanand Tanawade
In poll-bound Goa, BJP is undaunted about their winning prospects when Shiv Sena formed an alliance with rebel RSS leader Subhash Velingkar led Goa Suraksha Manch. BJP state General Secretary Sadanand Tanawade expressed their confidence by saying “There will be no impact of Shiv Sena and GSM aligning in the forthcoming Goa polls,”
He added that BJP’s vote bank is still intact and growing due to the developmental activities of the state government. “We need not fear. Our organisation is strong. The voters are with us. We will form the next government,” the BJP leader said.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had announced last week that his party has agreed in principle with Velingkar’s GSM.
Thackeray was on his two-day visit to Goa, where he even met Velingkar. Reports even say that the saffron party has submitted a proposal in which they demand to contest on 20 seats out of 40 .
Subhash Velingkar, former Goa RSS chief fielded new party Goa Suraksha Manch earlier this month. He was expelled from Sangh due to his scathing remarks against Goa’s BJP government.
He was a staunch proponent of demanding local language as the medium in school education. He even criticised the government for not delivering its poll promises after coming to power.
RSS had relieved Velingkar of his official posts for his criticisms and lone protests. There was news that around 400 RSS workers resigning over Velingkar’s expulsion. Velingkar had fielded a new parallel outfit named RSS Goa Prant.
Velingkar also heads a regional language front named Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch which has been critical of English medium schooling of the state.
Formal discussions on seat sharing will be held after Diwali. Elections to the Legislative assembly are due next year in the state.