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Profile: Manohar Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar is the first IIT graduate to become the chief minister of any Indian state ever.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2007 05:23 IST

Manohar Parrikar (born on December 13, 1955) is the first IIT graduate to become the chief minister of any Indian state ever. He is from the Bharatiya Janata Party and was the chief minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005.

He was elected as the chief minister of Goa on October 24, 2000 but could only last till February 27, 2002. On June 5, 2002, he was re-elected as the chief minister again.

He is credited with bringing the BJP to power in Goa. Besides, he also single handedly brought the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) to Goa and created more international quality infrastructure in the state for the event in a short time than any other former government.

On January 29, 2005, his government too was reduced to a minority -- as recently the Congress-led government did -- after 4 BJP MLAs resigned from the House. Parrikar claimed that he could prove his majority, but in February 2005, he did lose his position.

The state was put under president's rule in March 2005 after continued disputes. But in June 2005, opposition leader Pratapsing Rane was allowed to become chief minister.