Former Goa RSS chief Subhash
Velingkar Wednesday said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
should give priority to his health and retire, instead of
continuing to occupy the top post.
He also said the Goa BJP once felt that a "dynamic"
leader like Parrikar should become the prime minister of the
Velingkar, who was once a strong supporter of
Parrikar, had fallen out with him after the BJP-led state
government decided to give grants to English medium schools.
In 2016, he formed his own political outfit Goa Suraksha Manch
"If I was with him (under current circumstances), I
would make him retire. Health comes first," 70-year-old
Velingkar told PTI.
Parrikar, 63, who is suffering from a pancreatic
ailment, has been recuperating at his private residence near
here. He had undergone treatment at hospitals in Mumbai, Delhi
and the USA last year.
"His health is important for Goa. Parrikar is a
dynamic leader, he is a good leader. He is good in decision
making, but for the lapses," Velingkar said.
"His lapses are there and they are getting more
serious after 2012. It was not before that. We (BJP in Goa)
wanted him to become the prime minister of the country," he
"We used to feel that he should be in the Centre. Goa
is a small place for him. We wanted him to go in the
Parliament. It is the proper place for him. That was our
opinion. But he was not interested...This was in 2006-08,"
He alleged that Parrikar never believed in collective
decision. "If he wanted to take rest (now), he would have done
that. To continue in the chair is his wish. But he should
understand what his priority should be. He requires lot of
"The current drama (of continuing in the chair) is
pitiable. Look at the pictures (released by his office). He
need not drag on with this," he added.
Velingkar, who was removed from the key post by the
RSS in 2016, said he anyway wanted to retire from the
organisation at the age of 70 in order to focus on writing.
"I wanted to retire from Sangh at the age of 70 and
then go for research and writing. I have a collection of
around 1,000 articles in Marathi and Konkani. I wanted to
publish them," he said.
Commenting on the RSS and its role in politics,
Velingkar said, "RSS should decide what it wants to do."
"The RSS in its original form was never subjugated
to politics. It was playing a role of a guide in politics. It
had an upper hand. But the situation is no more the same," he
"Now in Goa, BJP is running the RSS. Those in the BJP
are running the RSS. And this is an unfortunate situation," he