Laxmikant Parsekar

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Laxmikant Parsekar
12th Chief Minister of Goa
In office
8 November 2014 – 14 March 2017
Governor Mridula Sinha
Preceded by Manohar Parrikar
Succeeded by Manohar Parrikar
Personal details
Born Laxmikant Yashwant Parsekar
(1956-07-04) 4 July 1956 (age 62)
Goa, Portuguese India (now in India)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Smita
Children 2
Alma mater Centre of Post Graduation Instruction & Research, Panaji, Goa, (then Bombay University)

Laxmikant Yashwant Parsekar (born 4 July 1956) is an Indian politician who held the office of the Chief Minister of Goa, a state in India from 2014 to 2017. He was the member of the Goa Legislative Assembly from Mandrem constituency, and he belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1][2]

He was appointed as the Chief Minister of Goa on 8 November 2014, replacing Manohar Parrikar.[3][4] During the Goa Assembly Election in 2017, he lost from his seat of Mandrem. He resigned on 11 March 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Laxmikant Parsekar was born on 4 July 1956 at Harmal village, Pernem taluka of Goa. He has done his M.Sc (1980) and B.Ed (1981) from Centre of Post Graduate Instruction & Research, Panaji, Goa, (then Bombay University). He was the principal of Harmal Panchakroshi Secondary School, Harmal, Goa.[5]

Political career[edit]

He served as Goa's Minister of Health before becoming Chief Minister and has a strong connection to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[6]

  • In 1988, he contested and lost against sitting MLA and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party candidate Ramakant Khalap from Mandrem constituency, as a candidate of the BJP, then a virtual non-entity in Goa. He was instrumental in building the BJP's support base along with political veterans like Manohar Parrikar, Rajendra Arlekar, now Goa Assembly Speaker, and Shripad Naik, Union Minister of State for Health[AAYUSH Department].[7]
  • From 1994 to 1999, he served as a General Secretary of the Goa BJP[8]
  • In 1999, he contested and lost again to Ramakant Khalap, but in 2002, he defeated Khalap by a small margin of 750 votes.
  • While he did not serve in the first BJP government in Goa, Parsekar served as the President of the BJP Goa Unit from 2000 to 2003 and then from 2010 to 2012.[9]
  • In 2007, he doubled his victory margin in the Mandrem seat.
  • In 2012, he was re-elected when the BJP posted a remarkable victory, winning 21 out of 40 seats during the Goa Legislative Assembly election, 2012.
  • After Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet as India's Defense Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar was sworn in as his replacement on November 8, 2014.[10]
  • In 2017, he lost the Mandrem assembly seat to Dayanand Sopte of the Indian National Congress. He resigned as Chief Minister on March 11, 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Two RSS leaders in race for Goa's CM post as Parrikar likely to get Defence portfolio". Indian Express. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar to resign tomorrow, Parsekar likely to succeed him". Times of India. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Live: Laxmikant Parsekar elected as the new Goa CM, says BJP's Rudy
  4. ^ LIVE: Laxmikant Parsekar is new Goa Chief Minister, swearing-in at 4 pm
  5. ^ "Goa CM: Who is Laxmikant Y. Parsekar?". Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Laxmikant Parsekar Sworn-In as Goa's Next Chief Minister". NDTV Convergence Limited. Retrieved 8 November 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ "Who is Laxmikant Parsekar?". NDTV Convergence Limited. Retrieved 8 November 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
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Political offices
Preceded by
Manohar Parrikar
Chief Minister of Goa
8 November 2014 – 12 March 2017
Succeeded by
Manohar Parrikar