Smarting under the disgrace of mishandling the Balli incident, the administration is not taking any chances with the bandh called for by Bharati Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Monday.
Besides deploying the police from the Goa Reserve Force, one platoon of the Central Industrial Security Force and one company of the Rapid Action Force have been deployed.
While police began patrolling at 11 pm on Sunday itself, traffic police have been deployed at every police station to handle any traffic snarls.
All police personnel have been given specific instructions on how to deal with the agitators even if they turn violent. The police personnel have been specifically instructed not to hit anybody on the head in case of a lathi charge.
Public Works Department personnel have been deployed at the police station to help clear blockades on the road if any are put up by the agitators.
Even as the government was gearing up to deal with the bandh, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has gone into full gear to make the bandh a success and Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar admitted to have been going around asking all sections to support the bandh.
Although the government had threatened to enforce preventive arrests of BBSM activists, till early morning no such incident was reported.
The bandh is expected to evoke very good response in Canacona, Quepem, Sanguem, Bicholim, Pernem while it is expected to evoke mixed response in Ponda and Mormugao.
In Salcete, many schools informed the parents that schools will function depending upon the attendance and schools that have their own buses to transport students opted to keep the buses off the road for the safety of the children.
AGBOA Supports Bandh: Notwithstanding the warning issued by the Director of Transport, the All Goa Bus Owners Association has decided to support the bandh, disclosed its General Secretary Sudeep Tamankar.
NCP Not Supporting Bandh: The Nationalist Congress Party that has objected to the government decision to provide grants to English medium primary schools, said it was not supporting the bandh.
NCP Spokesperson Trajano D’Mello said his party wanted the government to appoint a committee of experts to decide upon the issue and asserted that they were not supporting the bandh as claimed by BBSM.
UGDP Supports Bandh: In another strange twist, the United Goans Democratic Party has extended its support to the bandh according to its Secretary General Adv. Anacleno Viegas.
What is strange is that one of UGDP’s main leader Radharao Gracias has always supported the demand for providing grants to English medium primary schools and had even moved a private members resolution to this effect when he was a MLA.
GU Postpones Exams: Taking no chances, the Goa University has postponed all exams scheduled for 6th June. The exams will now be held on 8th June at the same time and same place.