PANJIM: MGP-GSM-SS combine chief ministerial candidate Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar remained silent on the issue of grants to English medium schools as well as a post-poll alliance with BJP.
Dhavalikar, who was PWD Minister in BJP-led government, refused to comment on either subject though the media asked him pointed questions, after former RSS Goa unit chief Subhash Velingkar, who has been appointed convener of the newly-formed alliance, said the alliance would withdraw grants to English medium primary schools.
Addressing the media, Velingkar said, “Our alliance after forming the government will withdraw grants to primary schools having English language as their medium of instruction.”
“Education in English is against our principles as all over the world, it is known that teaching should be in the mother tongue,” Velingkar said after the announcement of the alliance between MGP-GSM-Shiv Sena was made.
Velingkar further said that all three parties have decided to form a coordination committee and have selected him as the convener. “This committee will be a guide for all communication between the three outfits and will work towards a common minimum programme to ensure smooth functioning of the alliance in which the main agenda will be protection of Goa’s mother tongue and culture.”
“The alliance between the GSM, MGP and Shiv Sena has decided to contest 37 seats in the Assembly elections, with Sudin Dhavalikar as the chief ministerial candidate,” Velingkar added.
Velingkar made it clear that there would no tie-up with the BJP after the polls as their alliance will form the next government.
Dhavalikar who was present said, “The alliance will contest from 37 constituencies. MGP has decided to field mostly youth with good educational qualifications.”
He said the alliance’s priority will be to solve problems that BJP failed to provide a solution to. Asked whether the alliance would remain intact, Dhavalikar said, “Alliance will remain intact and we have decided to form this new alliance because we failed to resolve the MoI issue with the BJP government.”
He said Shiv Sena will contest from Saligao, Cuncolim, Tivim and Mormugao. While, GSM will contest from Mayem, Panjim, Curchorem, Velim and Siolim and MGP will contest from the remaining seats.