Manohar Parrikar

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Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar (cropped).jpg
Chief Minister of Goa
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 March 2012
Preceded by Digambar Kamat
In office
24 October 2000 – 2 February 2005
Preceded by Francisco Sardinha
Succeeded by Pratapsingh Rane
Personal details
Born Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar
(1955-12-13) 13 December 1955 (age 58)
Goa, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Medha Parrikar
Children 2
Alma mater IIT Bombay
Religion Hindu

Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar (born 13 December 1955) is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Goa since 9 March 2012.[1][2][3] Previously he was Chief Minister from 2000 to 2005. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and represents the Panaji constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Goa.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Manohar Parrikar was born at Mapusa, Goa.[5][6][7][8] He studied at Loyola High School, Margao. He completed his secondary education in Marathi and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay[6] in 1978. He is the first IIT graduate to become the Chief Minister of any Indian state. He was awarded by IIT Bombay with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001. Manohar Parrikar and Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the new Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), have graduated together from IIT Bombay in the year 1978.[3]

Political career[edit]

He is a member of BJP and is the first Chief Minister of Goa from his party. He was first elected to the Second Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa in 1994. He was the leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. He became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000, but his tenure lasted only till 27 February 2002. On 5 June 2002, he was re-elected and became the Chief Minister again.

On 29 January 2005, his government was reduced to a minority in the assembly after four BJP MLAs resigned from the House. However, Parrikar proved his majority in the house by February 2005. In 2007, the Parrikar-led BJP was defeated in the Goa state elections by the Indian National Congress led by Digambar Kamat. His party became victorious once again after the BJP and allies won 24 seats against INC's 9 seats in the Goa Assembly Elections held in March 2012. BJP showed an impressive performance in 2014 General Elections and won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa.

Awards[edit]

Controversies[edit]

FIFA World Cup Junket[edit]

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was criticized for approving a Rs 89-lakh junket for six of his MLAs, including three ministers, to attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[11] After a controversy about the same, he cancelled it.

Italy, Germany and Austria Garbage Tour Junket[edit]

Months before Goa’s lawmakers booked themselves on a taxpayer-funded junket to the World Cup in Brazil to study traffic management, another batch of elected representatives had gone to Venice, among other European cities, to study garbage systems.

The 20-person delegation went to Italy, Germany and Austria in November to observe garbage management practices. Led by deputy chief minister Francisco D’Souza, the team included MLAs, panchayat members and as well as members of municipal councils. It cost the state exchequer about Rs 1 crore.[12]

Tiff with Journalists[edit]

Parrikar questioned journalist's academic qualifications and their financial status. At a public function, he asked: "What is a reporter's salary? How much does a news reader earn? Maybe 25,000 (rupees). They are mostly graduates. They are not great thinkers or intellectuals. They write news how they understand it." This led to the journalists demanding an apology.[13]

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Preceded by
Digambar Kamat
Chief Minister of Goa
9 March 2012 – present
Succeeded by
incumbent