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Shripad Naik, the leading light of BJP in Goa, joins Modi’s cabinet again

Five-time Member of Parliament from North Goa, Shripad Naik won by a margin of 80,000 votes.

india Updated: May 31, 2019 17:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Shripad Naik,Ministry of State,Ministry of Ayurveda
Naik served as union minister of state with independent charge for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy (AYUSH) ministry, for previous Narendra Modi-led government(Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)

Five-time Member of Parliament from North Goa, Shripad Naik, 66, defeated Goa state Congress president Girish Chodankar, a first-time candidate, by a margin of 80,000 votes. He had won by an even bigger margin of 100,000 votes in 2014. Naik served as union minister of state with independent charge for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy (AYUSH) ministry, for much of the term of the previous Narendra Modi-led government. This time around too, he was sworn in as a minister of state. Naik, who was first elected as an MP in 1999.

First Published: May 31, 2019 17:40 IST