27 Facts About Manohar Parrikar

1. Manohar Parrikar said the audio clip released by the Congress was its 'desperate attempt' to fabricate facts after the Supreme Court refused to initiate a probe into the Rafale deal.

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2. Manohar Parrikar was the defence minister when the Rafale deal was signed between India and France for purchase of fighter aircraft.

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3. Manohar Parrikar successfully contested the election to become Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000, but his tenure lasted only until 27 February 2002.

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4. Manohar Parrikar was leader of the opposition from June to November 1999.

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5. Manohar Parrikar is sometimes described as having been a pracharak of the RSS.

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6. Manohar Parrikar was seconded by RSS to the Bharatiya Janata Party with the objective of fighting the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.

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7. Manohar Parrikar was active in the RSS's North Goa unit, becoming a key organiser of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

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8. Manohar Parrikar was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2001.

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9. Manohar Parrikar completed his secondary education in Marathi and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978.

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10. Manohar Parrikar is a former member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.

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11. Manohar Parrikar was possessed by this desire to show himself as the one who could manage the minorities in Goa.

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12. Manohar Parrikar is sincerely passionate about Goa, but his utmost fealty lies with the Sangh Parivar and its leaders based in Nagpur.

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13. Manohar Parrikar was known to travel by his bicycle to Goa Vidhan Sabha and refused all government benefits after becoming chief minister.

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14. Manohar Parrikar was called for national duty when he was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be India's next defence minister and he had to leave his family back in Goa.

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15. Manohar Parrikar has celebrated the total number of 62 birthdays till date.

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16. Manohar Parrikar wanted to quit, BJP top brass didn't allow: Goa minister.

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17. Manohar Parrikar wanted to quit, BJP high command did not allow, says Goa minister Vijai Sardesai.

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18. Manohar Parrikar wanted to quit, says minister but top BJP leaders did not allow.

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19. Manohar Parrikar wanted to quit, BJP high command did not allow: Goa minister.

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20. Manohar Parrikar wanted to quit, BJP high command didn't allow: Goa minister.

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21. On March 14, 2017, Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa.

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22. In November 2014, Manohar Parrikar was chosen as the Minister of Defence replacing Arun Jaitley, who, till then, held the additional charge of the Ministry.

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23. Manohar Parrikar had represented the Panaji constituency in the Goa Legislative Assembly when he was a player in the state politics.

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24. Manohar Parrikar was reluctant to leave Goa and move to Delhi in November 2014, by his own admission but was persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the central government.

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25. In 2007, the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP was defeated in the Goa state elections by the Indian National Congress led by Digambar Kamat.

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26. Manohar Parrikar has often expressed considerable pride in his RSS background, saying that he learnt "discipline, progressiveness,nationalism and social responsibility from the RSS".

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27. Manohar Parrikar chairs cabinet meeting after a gap of three months.

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