(Last Updated on : 14/11/2014)
Manohar Parrikar, who is also known as Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar is a well known face in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
, in national and regional arena.
Manohar Parrikar, who is also known as Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa, first from 2000 to 2005 and later from March 2012 to November 2014. He was replaced by Laxmikant Parsekar as Chief Minister of Goa. Manohar Parrikar had represented the Panaji constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Goa when he was involved in the state politics of Goa
Early Life of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar was born on 13th December 1955 in a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family at Mapusa of Goa. He studied at Loyola High School in Margao. Manohar Parrikar completed his secondary education in Marathi language and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay (Mumbai) in the year 1978. He is the first IIT graduate to become the Chief Minister in any Indian state. He was awarded by IIT Bombay with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001.
Political Career of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the very young age and became a "Mukhya Shikshak" (Chief Instructor) in the final years of his schooling. After graduating from IIT Bombay, he resumed the work in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Mapusa while maintaining a private business, and became a "Sanghchalak" (local director) at the age of 26. Manohar Parrikar was active in the North Goa unit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS) and later he became a key organizer 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.
Manohar Parrikar entered in Bharatiya Janata Party, when he was young. As a member of the BJP, Manohar Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa in 1994. Manohar Parrikar was the leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. Manohar Parrikar became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24th October 2000, but his tenure lasted only till 27 February 2002. On 5 June 2002, he was re-elected and became the Chief Minister of Goa again.
On 29th January 2005, the government was reduced to a minority in the assembly after four BJP MLAs resigned from the House. Pratapsinh Rane of Indian National Congress replaced him as Chief Minister of Goa. In 2007, the 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 Indian National Congress's 9 seats in the Goa Assembly Elections held in March 2012. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) showed an impressive performance in 2014 General Elections and won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa.
Later Career of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar became the active member of Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party after 2012. But the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had high regards for Parrikar's abilities and persuaded him to join the Central Government of India. He was sworn-in as Cabinet Minister
for Defence in November 2014 in the first expansion of ministerial council of Narendra Modi
, and his entry into the Parliament was felicitated by choosing him as the party's candidate for Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh
Personal Life of Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar is married to Medha Parrikar, who died in the year 2000, as she was suffering from cancer. Manohar Parrikar has two sons.