Parrikar, a man with a clean image

Technocrat-turned-politician, Manohar Parrikar, set to become Goa Chief Minister for the third time, is known for his clean image.

Panaji: Technocrat-turned-politician, Manohar
Parrikar, set to become Goa Chief Minister for the third time,
is known for his clean image, blunt talk and development
initiatives.

Parrikar, 56, who had launched a campaign against the
Congress-led government on the issue of illegal mining in the
state, emerged as the rallying-point for anti-Congress
sentiment.

In his own Panaji assembly constituency, he is considered
as a tough man to beat with his development-oriented image, a
sharp contrast to his rivals.

Residents of Panaji know Parrikar as a next-door
neighbourhood man who will not hesitate to come over for a cup
of tea and talk, a trait that makes it easier for him to have
his finger on the pulse of the people.

A Bombay IIT graduate in metallurgical engineering and
among the first members of BJP in the state, he has been
instrumental in raising the profile of his party from its just
four members in state assembly in 1994 to its present status
as a ruling party with the highest number of seats in the
state assembly.

Parrikar got the first taste of power in the state in
2000 when he was elected the Chief Minister, becoming the
first IITian to head a state government.

However, the stint was shortlived in the state known for
its fragile politics and he had to demit office in early 2002.

Parrikar returned to power a few months later but had to
quit in 2005 after a few MLAs withdrew support to him.

The state was put under President`s Rule after his exit
in March 2005.

During his stints as chief minister, the BJP leader was
credited with bringing the International Film Festival of
India to Goa. The state also saw development of international
quality infrastructure for the event in a short time.

However, those who have known Parrikar closely point out
that he finds it difficult to delegate tasks to others,
apparently unsure of their ability to deliver.

In the run-up to the elections, Parrikar was BJP`s most
visible face who, as Chairman of the Public Accounts
Committee, brought to fore the issue of illegal mining in the
state.

Speaker Pratapsinh Rane had disallowed him from tabling
the report in the assembly, which later turned out to be a
major poll issue.

Born on December 13, 1955 in Mapusa, Parrikar graduated
from IIT Bombay in 1978 and was awarded by his alma mater with
the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001.

Parrikar`s `rancid pickle` comment about BJP veteran L K
Advani had earned him the ire of the party`s central
leadership which was reportedly considering him as a possible
candidate for the organization`s top post.

PTI

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