“We have instructed all parents not to vote for the BJP as they do not support grants to English medium schools as stated in the manifesto,” said Savio Lopes, FORCE secretary.
Members of the FORCE executive committee said that they enjoy the support of around 2 lakh parents directly and indirectly. “Unlike the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), which supports the BJP, we (FORCE) have had always remained apolitical and are only reacting to the decision of a political party,” said Lopes.
When asked what their plan of action would be if the BJP was elected to power, Lopes stated that the people would agitate and that ultimately any government has to give in to the demands of the majority. The majority of the public have demanded that funds be provided to English medium schools, he said.