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Manohar Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar
  • Manohar Parrikar (13 December 1955 – 17 March 2019) was an Indian politician and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party who was the Chief Minister of Goa from 14 March 2017 till his death.Previously he was Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.
  • Parrikar proposed the name of Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate before the 2013 BJP parliamentary elections convention in Goa, later he served in the BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017. He was a former member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.He passed away from pancreatic cancer on 17 March 2019.
  • Manohar Parrikar was born in Mapusa, Goa in 13 December 1955. He studied at Loyola High School, Margao went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) in 1978.
  • He was the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of an Indian state. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2001.
  • Parrikar joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a mukhya shikshak (chief instructor) in the final years of his schooling.
  • After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa while maintaining a private business, and became a sanghchalak sanghchalak (local director) director) at the age of 26.
  • He was active in the RSS’s North Goa unit, becoming a key organiser of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. He was seconded by RSS to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the objective of fighting the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.
  • As a member of the BJP, Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994. He was leader of the opposition from June to November 1999.
  • He successfully contested the election to become Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000, but his tenure lasted only until 27 February February 2002.
  • On 5 June 2002, he was re-elected and served another term as Chief Minister.His party became victorious once again after the BJP and their party-allies won twentyfour seats against the Indian National Congress’ nine in the Goa Assembly Elections held in March 2012.
  • In the 2014 General Elections, BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa. Parrikar was reluctant to leave Goa and move to Delhi in November 2014, by his own admission but was persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the central government.
  • In November 2014, Parrikar was chosen as the Minister of Defence replacing Arun Jaitley, who, till then, held the additional charge of the Ministry.
  • On March 14, 2017, Parrikar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa.
  • As of March–June 2018, Parrikar was undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at a hospital in the US. He returned to India and in September was admitted in the AIIMS, Delhi for treatment. On 27 October 2018 the Goa government announced that CM Manohar Manohar Parrikar Parrikar has pancreatic pancreatic cancer.
  • He passed away on 17 March 2019 at the age of 63 years, due to advanced pancreatic cancer at his residence in Panaji. His death was announced by the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind.