The Chief Minister of Goa and former Defence Minister of India, Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar breathed his last on 17th March 2019, after battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. A day of national mourning was announced by the Centre following the leader’s demise, moreover, a well-deserved state funeral was accorded to Parrikar.
PM Modi in a series of tweet, condoled the death of Parrikar, calling him “a true patriot and exceptional administrator”. Talking about his service to the nation as the CM of Goa as well as the Defence Minister of India the Prime Minister tweeted, “His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations.”
Here are some facts you didn’t know about the simple yet outstanding leader:
1. First IIT Alumni to become CM
Manohar Parrikar was the country’s first IITian to serve as the Chief Minister of a state. He studied metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay.
2. Association with RSS
Born into a middle-class family on December 13, 1955, Parrikar’s political career started off as an RSS
3. Start of Political Career
Manohar Parrikar worked for many movements of the RSS between 1985 and 1991. The Sangh deputed him to BJP for the period of 1994 to 1999.
4. First Break in Politics
Parrikar got his big break in active politics 1994 when he became the Member of Legislative Assembly in Goa House. The influential leader headed the Opposition for the first time in 1999, from June to November.
5. Elected as Chief Minister
Parrikar got his first taste of power in the state in 2000 after being elected as the CM. His first tenure as the Chief Minister was from 24 October 2000, to February 27, 2002.
6. Re-elected as Chief Minister
Further, Parrikar returned to Goa as CM again on March 14, 2017, after BJP managed to form an alliance in the coastal state.
7. Campaign against Illegal Activitis
Parrikar launched a campaign against the alarming issue of illegal mining in the Goa which later emerged as the rallying-point for anti-Congress sentiments. As a Leader of Opposition, he took on the Congress party to highlight alleged acts of irregularities.
8. Slashing Petrol Prices
In 2012, Manohar Parrikar cut down the prices of petrol in Goa by almost Rs 11 per litre. This made him the most popular chief minister overnight.
9. Surgical Strike
It was under Parrikar’s tenure as the defence minister when the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were carried out.
10. Backing PM Modi as the Face of BJP
Manohar Parrikar was among the first BJP leaders to vocally back Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, to be the face of the BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Even though the BJP leader was suffering from a grave ailment and had to run to and fro for treatment, he served the Nation with grit and determination till the end. For this, India will forever remember Manohar Parrikar as one of the greatest leaders the Country ever had.