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No rift, differences will be resolved: Former Goa RSS chief Velingkar

india Updated: Sep 03, 2016 01:30 IST

Ousted RSS Goa chief Subhash Velingkar addresses a press conference in Panaji.(PTI)

Striking a conciliatory note after the belligerent stand over the past few days, RSS’ former Goa unit chief Subhash Velingkar said on Friday there was no rift in the organisation and the differences would be sorted out soon.

Velingkar had taken on the BJP government in Goa over its support for English-medium schools and was ousted from his post as Goa unit chief of RSS on August 31.

“If there is any rift it won’t sustain for long, it (Sangh) is not like BJP. This is a temporary phase. There is no rift between swayamsevaks, the differences are due to the system and that can be corrected. There is no divide in our hearts,” Velingkar told PTI after addressing a meeting of his supporters in Panaji late in the evening.

Velingkar was reacting to the statements of local RSS leaders Ratnakar Lele, Datta Bhikaji Naik and others who called his decision to form a ‘Goa Prant’ of RSS, separate from the Konkan Prant, as “unfortunate”.

“We don’t want to increase the rift in the RSS, in few days you will see Sangh together. This is a temporary phase. Without affecting the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) agitation, we will bridge the gap,” Velingkar said.

Velingkar said he and his supporters are not angry with RSS. “Some people committed mistakes, it has to be corrected, that can be done,” he said.

He communicated his stand on the entire issue to the core leadership in Nagpur, he said.

Responding to a question on RSS leadership refusing to recognise the ‘Goa Prant’ formed by him, Velingkar said, “Whatever has been done, we accept it, provided BBSM is not affected. We will work with the same strength.”

He refused to comment further on crisis in Goa RSS stating “it is Sangh’s internal matter, and the Sangh knows how to tackle it.

“We only want that nothing should affect BBSM. Let there be 10 or 15 internal committees, but we will see to it that public cause is not affected,” he added.