Manohar Parrikar

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Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar (Konkani: मनोहर गोपालकृष्ण प्रभु पारिकर) (born December 13, 1955, Mapusa, Goa) is an Indian politician and the Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005.

He graduated from IIT Bombay in 1978. He is the first IIT graduate to become the Chief Minister of any Indian state ever. He has also been awarded by IIT Bombay with the Distinguished Alumnus Award 2001.

He is from the Bharatiya Janata Party, the first from his party to become the Chief Minister. He was first elected to the Second Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa in 1994. He was the leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. He first became the Chief Minister of Goa on October 24, 2000, but could only last till February 27, 2002. In June 2002, he was re-elected to the assembly and was elected Chief Minister again (on June 5, 2002).

On January 29, 2005, his government was reduced to a minority after four BJP MLAs resigned from the House. Parrikar claimed that he could prove his majority and he has proved it in February 2005.

There has been some controversy regarding changing the age of retirements for certain government workers, emerging after the reversal of this change and the resulting financial difficulty that could be expected from such events.


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