Former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar announces plunge into electoral politics

Panaji, Nov 12 (IANS): In what could be a worrying sign for the Goa BJP, former state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, an arch rival of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Sunday announced his plunge into electoral politics.

The announcement comes at a time when the the state BJP as well as the BJP-led coalition government in Goa are facing immense flak over the continuance of ailing Parrikar as Chief Minister despite being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer for the last nine months.

“I will be actively working for the Goa Suraksha Manch,” Velingkar told reporters in Panaji.

Asked if he would be contesting the upcoming by-polls in Goa’s Shiroda and Mandrem constituencies which have been necessitated due to resignations of Congress MLAs from both seats, Velingkar said the decision would be taken at “the appropriate time”.

He also said that considering the political chaos in the state, following Parrikar’s illness and comfortable numbers in the Assembly still eluding the BJP, the Goa Assembly would be dissolved and fresh polls would be announced in Goa along with Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

Velingkar, 66, has served as the state Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief for more than two decades and is considered responsible for the political grooming of the state BJP’s top leaders including Parrikar, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik and former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

He was sacked from the RSS in 2016 after he took on Parrikar, who Velingkar accused of backstabbing the principles of both the Sangh as well as BJP.

Velingkar later founded and mentored the Goa Suraksha Manch, a right-wing conservative political party which considers the BJP its key rival.

Source: IANS

Ban beef to cure CM: Manohar Parrikar suffering from cancer because he didn’t ban beef in Goa, says Swami Chakrapani

While the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, the leader of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, has said that beef ban must immediately be put in place in Goa.

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According to him, this will have a positive impact on the health of the ailing Chief Minister.

He even went one step ahead to say that the CM is suffering from cancer because he didn’t totally ban beef in Goa. “If Parrikar had to ban beef earlier, he would not be in the situation he is in today,” the leader of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj

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This bizarre demand by Chakrapani comes close after the news of CM Manohar Parrikar being at an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer.

Earlier this week, Union Minister Shripad Naik said that a “change in leadership is required” considering the health of the incumbent minister.

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The state is currently reeling under the absence of the Chief Minister. Parrikar recently chaired a cabinet meeting at his house after a gap of almost three months. He is currently recuperating at his residence in Goa following his discharge from AIIMS in New Delhi on October 14.

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“Beef ban in Goa will cure Parrikar. It will have a positive impact on his health,” Chakrapani said.

This is contradictory to Goa CM Parrikar’s remarks who defended and backed the bee traders earlier this year.

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The CM also warned that anyone who tries to stop the legal import of beef into the state would be punished. This was a response to cow vigilantes in the state, who were creating hurdles in the import of cattle into the State.

Swami Chakrapani has been in the news earlier as well for his controversial remarks.

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During the time of Kerala floods, Chakrapani also made a statement regarding the consumption of beef in relation to the reason for floods.

He further said that the people who eat beef must not get any help in the state and must be left to perish.

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The flood-hit victims must submit an affidavit that they will never eat beef again, only then should they be provided with any help.

Change of leadership required in Goa due to Manohar Parrikar’s failing health: Union Minister Shripad Naik

Panaji: A change in leadership in Goa is a “requirement” “today or tomorrow” considering the health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Union Minister Shripad Naik. Parrikar has been undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment for several months now and arrived in the state on October 14 post hospitalization at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, PTI reported.

Speaking at the sidelines of a press conference to announce International Yoga Day Naik said that change in the leadership is a requirement, today or tomorrow as the CM’s health is not well.

There has been a constant chatter about a change in leadership in the state but the BJP has consistently ruled it out.

Naik is perhaps the first BJP leaders from Goa to demand a change of leadership. Parrikar, who is in an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer, is currently on bed rest at his residence in Dona Paula, Goa. According to media inputs, the CM hasn’t attended his office at Porvorim since June.

BJP allies in the state, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP), have already clarified that they will support the coalition till Manohar Parrikar remains the chief minister.

The BJP has 14 legislators in the 40-member Goa Assembly and has received the support of three MLAs each of MGP and GFP, apart from three Independent legislators. It’s critical for the saffron party to have the support of MGP and GFP to survive as it needs at least 21 MLAs to remain in power in the coastal state.

Sooner or later, Parrikar has to go: Shripad Naik

Ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s leadership will have to be changed “today or tomorrow”, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik said on Friday, according to an IANS report.

Naik also said that in view of Parrikar’s ill-health, dropping him as the Chief Minister was a “requirement” and a “compulsion” for the BJP leadership. Sooner or later, Parrikar has to go, he said.

“Change will have to be done today or tomorrow. It is a requirement. You know the Chief Minister’s health is not good. But he is still working in this condition,” Naik told mediapersons in Panaji.

Naik is one of the first Goa BJP leaders to demand a change of leadership in Goa even as the state BJP as well as members of the BJP-led coalition have come under immense flak over the Chief Minister’s prolonged absence due to his illness.

Parrikar is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months.

He returned from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence, for any official event since.

The opposition has been demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to Parrikar’s absence.

To a question, as to whether it was fair to let an unwell Parrikar to handle administrative matters despite his illness, Naik said: “There are many reasons, which cannot be fully talked about. Thing will happen in time.”

Naik also said that he would take the lead to patch up differences among top BJP leaders, including former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Goa Speaker Rajendra Arlekar, who have openly rebelled against the decision taken by state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar and Parrikar to induct two Congress MLAs into the BJP.

with inputs from IANS