Panaji: Issues that brought like-minded Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa Suraksha Manch and Shiv Sena together to forge a poll pact seems to have become a bone of contention among them with MGP skipping the crucial issue of grants to English medium schools from its manifesto.
The demand of withdrawal of grants to English medium schools and making mother tongue as Medium of Instruction (MOI) in primary schools of Goa was a major poll plank for the three regional parties to form a pre-poll alliance.
While RSS Rebel leader Subhash Velingkar-led GSM and Shiv Sena in their joint manifesto assured to withdraw government grants given to English primary schools in a phased manner, MGP manifesto makes no mention of it.
GSM was formed after the BJP-led government refused to withdraw grants for English medium schools in the state.
MGP too had conceded with GSM on the demand while forming the poll truck.
In a major volte-face, MGP has now said that the MOI issue cannot be mentioned on the election manifesto, citing Supreme Court guidelines."MOI is not a new issue.
But Supreme Court guidelines are clear that any issue related to language should not be made an election plank," MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar told reporters on Saturday.