Panaji: Simplicity has always been the
hallmark of senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who would be
taking over as the Chief Minister of Goa today, after his
party received overwhelming majority in the recently held
State Legislative Assembly elections.
Even as entire political activities were revolving around
this one person, the Chief Minister-designate took time to
walk down the city lanes to reach restaurant Cafe Real, on
Wednesday, a day after routing the Congress.
He walked through the narrow lanes sans security, as
curious onlookers followed him.
After spending almost ten minutes amidst common people
eating `paav bhaji`, he went to Varsha Book stall, from where
he regularly buys newspapers and magazines.
He purchased a few with headlines roaring out BJP`s
historic win, and later proceeded to a star hotel where senior
BJP leaders were waiting for him.
He was thereafter elected as a leader of BJP legislative
wing and also of the alliance.
On Thursday too, Parrikar went to the Mahalaxmi Temple,
housing a deity which he believes in most. Later he mingled
with thousands of Holi revellers at the Azad Maidan, again
without any security, and came back fully coloured.
"He is a informal person. When he was Chief Minister, he
even went to America with sandals on. He does not crave for
posh clothes or style," Rajendra Desai, a senior journalist,
In 2004, when the state was hosting IFFI for the first
time, Desai recalls how Parrikar donned a simple shirt and
trouser to the function amidst celebrities who wore formals.
The two-time Chief Minister had also shocked everyone
with his simple ways when he once walked out of the Rajasthan
Senior leader Sushma Swaraj in an election campaign
meeting narrated the anecdote.
"One day, I was waiting on an airport in Rajasthan when
the staff came rushing to me and asked where is Goa CM
(Parrikar) as he was expected to land in the flight.
We started searching for him and saw that Parrikar was
already walking out of the airport with his bag hanging to
shoulder without insisting for VVIP treatment," she said.