Manohar Prabhu Parrikar has taken oath as 13th chief minister of Goa on Tuesday. He quit as the Defence minister of India, a post he had been holding since November 2014 after the first reshuffle of the Narendra Modi Cabinet.
He was first elected to the second legislative assembly of Goa in 1994. Later, he rose to become the Leader of Opposition from June to November 1999. Parrikar became the Chief Minister for the first time on October 24, 2000, but his tenure lasted only till February 27, 2002. On June 5, 2002, he was re-elected and became the Chief Minister again.
# Manohar Parrikar has served as the Chief Minister of Goa in three terms — 2000-2002, and 2002-2005 and later from March 2012 till November 2014.
# Parrikar, who took the BJP to victory in the 2012 Goa assembly polls, had resigned as the Chief Minister and took over as the Defence Minister on November 9, 2014.
# Goa CM holds several achievements under his belt as the Defence Minister of the country, including the new Defence Procurement Policy (DPP), hiking compensation for widows and families of soldiers who died while fighting for the country, and dealing sternly with Pakistan’s misadventures.
# Former Defence Minister is also an IIT alumnus as he is an IIT-Mumbai graduate in metallurgical engineering. He was the first IITian to head a State Government and holds image of being an organised taskmaster.
# A RSS pracharak from Goa, Parrikar’s electoral debut was unsuccessful when he was defeated by Congress candidate Harish Zantye in the 1991 Lok Sabha polls.
# Manohar Parrikar is a widower after having lost his wife in 2001. He has two sons.