RIP Manohar Parrikar: 10 Interesting Facts You should Know!
Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year, died at his son’s home in Panaji on Sunday evening.
He was 63. The announcement was made in a tweet by President Ram Nath Kovind, condolence messages poured in from political leaders across the board.
Here are some lesser-known facts about Manohar Parrikar:
Manohar Parrikar was the first IIT’ian to serve as the Chief minister of an Indian State.
The late Goa CM was the first IIT Alumnus to become the MLA of an Indian State.
Manohar Parrikar was born in a small town called Mapusa, to a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family in Goa.
Manohar Parrikar considered his birth date ‘13’ to be his lucky number. His vehicle number was 1313.
Manohar Parrikar’s first CM tenure was from October 24, 2000 to Febuary 27,2002.
Even as the CM of Goa, Manohar Parrikar lived in his ancestral house in Mapusa, near Panaji.
He used to travel in his own scooty, own Innova and with bare minimum security in Goa.
It was during his time as Defence Minister that India carried out two surgical strikes across the borders.
He appeared in the Goa assembly to present Budget and inspected government projects with a tube in his nose.
He was so simple that he used to walk wearing Kolhapuri chappals