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#RIPParrikar: Facts to Know About Manohar Parrikar- IITian, RSS Pracharak, Influential Politician

India | Reuters | March 17, 2019, 9:44 pm
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 Born into a middle-class family, Parrikar's political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after completing his engineering from IIT-Bombay. (Image: PTI)

Born into a middle-class family, Parrikar's political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after completing his engineering from IIT-Bombay. (Image: PTI)

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 RSS pracharak from Goa, Parrikar's electoral debut was unsuccessful as he was defeated by Congress candidate Harish Zantye in the 1991 Lok Sabha polls. (Image: Reuters)

RSS pracharak from Goa, Parrikar's electoral debut was unsuccessful as he was defeated by Congress candidate Harish Zantye in the 1991 Lok Sabha polls. (Image: Reuters)

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 Manohar Parrikar was the country's first Indian Institute of Technology alumnus to serve as Chief Minister of a state.

Manohar Parrikar was the country's first Indian Institute of Technology alumnus to serve as Chief Minister of a state.

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 Manohar Parrikar was the first BJP chief minister who had publicly said in 2013 that Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, should be the face of the party in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. (Image: Reuters)

Manohar Parrikar was the first BJP chief minister who had publicly said in 2013 that Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, should be the face of the party in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. (Image: Reuters)

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 Parrikar was first elected to the second legislative assembly of Goa in 1994. Later, he rose to become Leader of Opposition from June to November 1999. (Image: PTI)

Parrikar was first elected to the second legislative assembly of Goa in 1994. Later, he rose to become Leader of Opposition from June to November 1999. (Image: PTI)

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 Parrikar, who was also known for his blunt talk and development initiatives, 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. (Image: PTI)

Parrikar, who was also known for his blunt talk and development initiatives, 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. (Image: PTI)

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 Manohar Parrikar's first tenure as CM was from October 24, 2000, to February 27, 2002. (Image: Reuters)

Manohar Parrikar's first tenure as CM was from October 24, 2000, to February 27, 2002. (Image: Reuters)

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 Parrikar had launched a campaign against the illegal mining in the state which later emerged as the rallying-point for anti-Congress sentiments. (Image: PTI)

Parrikar had launched a campaign against the illegal mining in the state which later emerged as the rallying-point for anti-Congress sentiments. (Image: PTI)

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 Armed with the party's populist manifesto during his third stint in 2012, Parrikar cut down the prices of petrol in the state by almost Rs 11 per litre, the move which made him most popular chief minister overnight. (Image: Reuters)

Armed with the party's populist manifesto during his third stint in 2012, Parrikar cut down the prices of petrol in the state by almost Rs 11 per litre, the move which made him most popular chief minister overnight. (Image: Reuters)

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 As a Leader of Opposition, he took on the Congress party to highlight alleged acts of irregularities. (Image: PTI)

As a Leader of Opposition, he took on the Congress party to highlight alleged acts of irregularities. (Image: PTI)

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 Parrikar was inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet as the defence minister, under whose tenure India conducted the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. (Image: Reuters)

Parrikar was inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet as the defence minister, under whose tenure India conducted the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. (Image: Reuters)

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 Parrikar returned as Goa CM on March 14, 2017, after the BJP managed to cobble up an alliance in the coastal state to keep the BJP out of power. (Image: PTI)

Parrikar returned as Goa CM on March 14, 2017, after the BJP managed to cobble up an alliance in the coastal state to keep the BJP out of power. (Image: PTI)

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