In what could probably boomerang on itself, the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch on Monday urged politicians supporting regional language to resign from office in protest against the government’s decision to provide grants to English medium primary schools.
The demand was made at a public meeting at Bicholim organized by BBSM to create awareness amongst the people on the adverse impact the government’s decision will have on the State’s culture and ethos.
However, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party that has extended support to the BBSM is going to find the challenge a little difficult to accept as the MGP that has two MLAs in the Goa Legislative Assembly, has one as a minister and the other as a chairman of a corporation and neither have ever expressed any desire to step down from office.
More significantly, both the MGP MLAs are facing disqualification petitions which Speaker Pratapsing Rane has been holding over them as the Damocles’ Sword every time they even so much as murmured against any government decision or policy.
The BJP on the other hand that has 14 MLAs is also unlikely to take up the challenge given the fact that the session of the Legislative Assembly is round the corner and the BJP that has been taking the government to task on its sins of commission and omission on the floor of the house is unlikely to waste this opportunity to score brownie points with the public that sees the proceedings live.