More than 400 RSS volunteers in Goa resigned on August 31 in protest against the sacking of RSS Goa chief Subhash Velingkar.
These 400 RSS volunteers who resigned also included RSS Goa district, sub-district and shakha heads.
The decision of mass resignations was taken after a marathon six-hour meeting which was held at a school complex near Panaji.
The meeting was attended by over 100 local RSS members and office bearers who accused Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP top brass, including defence minister Manohar Parrikar, of conspiring against Velingkar so as to sack him. Velingkar is one of the most influential RSS leaders in Goa. He had recently criticised Goa government for promoting English in state government run schools instead of using regional languages like Konkani and Marathi.
Velingkar had then gone on to accuse successive BJP-led coalition governments under Manohar Parrikar, and Laxmikant Parsekar of “cheating” people on the issue of medium of instruction.
After the marathon meeting RSS members said:
“All office bearers from the district units, sub-district units and shakhas along with hundreds of others have decided to quit from the RSS, until Velingkar Sir is reinstated.We will not work for RSS until the decision to strip him as Goa Vibhag Sangh Chalak is revoked.”