Archibishop, Parrikar planning a political conspiracy: Former RSS Goa Leader Velingkar
Former RSS Goa unit chief Subhash Velingkar accused Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of planning a political conspiracy ahead of the 2017 assembly polls for minority appeasement.
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Velingkar attacked the state Bharatiya Janata Party and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, the ruling party’s poll in-charge in Goa, for allegedly holding secret meetings with the Archbishop’s representative Zeferino D’Souza in a five-star hotel during Gadkari’s visit to Goa last week.
“Right from 2015, the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch has alleged that the BJP in Goa conducted its politics on the advice of the Goa Archbishop. The appeasement of the minority community is on the advice of the Archbishop,” Velingkar said.
The RSS leader claimed that in the 2012 assembly elections, five non-party cadre Catholics were given tickets by the BJP on the advice of the Archbishop.
Ferrao is the spiritual and religious leader of Goa’s Catholics, who account for around 26 per cent of the state’s 1.5 million population.
Velingkar made the accusation after the Archbishop’s annual reception here on Wednesday, in which top leaders from across the political spectrum, including Parrikar, Goa Governor Dr. Mridula Sinha and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, were present.