Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao demanded an enquiry and strict action against the private bus operators for keeping their buses off the road on Monday thereby inconveniencing students who were prepared to attend their classes.
Speaking to media persons, he said the bandh enforced by the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch on Monday was irrelevant on grounds that anybody could close down markets and even said that he could close markets for a whole month.
“Since it was pertaining to medium of instruction, schools should have been closed and that did not happen,” he said adding that parents have endorsed the government’s decision by sending their children to school.
While expressing confidence that parents would overwhelmingly opt for English as the medium of instruction, he said if necessary he would organize meetings with one lakh people both in North as well as South Goa.
Terming the bandh as a political stunt by the Bharatiya Janata Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, he said the people will give these parties a befitting reply at the next elections.
Replying to a question, he said it was for the party High Command to decide whether the MGP minister in the State government should be dropped or not.
“Maybe he got scared that his supporters would be beaten up,” he quipped when asked whether Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had lent tacit support to the bandh in Margao.
He asserted that in no way would the government change its policy on the medium of instructions.